Gingivitis and Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and is often a precursor to periodontal disease which is inflammation of the supporting structures of your teeth (gums, bone, ligaments). Both are fairly common and can negatively affect the longevity of your teeth but can be managed and treated successfully. Frequent x-rays and exams are important to monitor the condition. Periodontal disease may require scaling and root planing rather than a regular cleaning.
Cracked teeth are never a good thing and can range from a small chip to a complete break at the gum line. Depending on your situation your tooth could be repaired with a filling or bonding or may need a crown. Sometimes the crack extends towards the nerve of the tooth and root canal therapy may be necessary. Occasionally, if the crack is very large or near the root surface the tooth may need to be extracted. If you feel that you have a cracked tooth, contact the office so that we can schedule treatment and help make you comfortable.