More than 75% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease - also called periodontal disease - and many don’t even know it. The symptoms include bleeding, bad breath and sore, swollen gums. Gum disease creates gaps between the teeth and gums, and the infected gum starts to separate from the tooth. These gaps, known as pockets, can become deeper over time, trapping food and creating an environment for bacteria to grow. The deeper they are, the more your risk of permanent tooth damage.
If left untreated, it can severely harm the gums and bones supporting your teeth, and eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen, or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the tooth.
The gap between the gum and the tooth is known as a pocket that can become deeper over time. And this may raise your risk of permanent damage.
Aspen Dental dentists take gum disease very seriously, and the team will do everything possible to provide you with the care you need.
By examining your entire mouth, not just a specific problem, the dentist can determine whether you have conditions such as gum disease, and then get you started on the right treatment in the office and in your home. It's all part of helping you find and keep your smile.