Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
Gum disease is the number one dental problem in adults. It starts when plaque accumulates near and around the gum line. Plaque is a combination of leftover food particles, bacteria, and other substances that irritate the soft tissues, causing inflammation and swelling. The gums then pull away from the tooth and form pockets that become breeding grounds for more bacteria. Eventually, the tooth becomes loose and fall out. The underlying bone can also be damaged.
Periodontics deals with the gums, tissues, and bones that support the teeth. It is preventive in nature and is mainly concerned with preventing and treating periodontal or gum disease. We offer deep cleaning services in our practice, including scaling and root planning.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
- gums that bleed easily
- red, swollen, tender gums
- gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- persistent bad breath or bad taste
- permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- any change in the way your teeth fit together
- when you bite
- any change in the fit of partial dentures
What are the causes of periodontal disease?
- poor oral hygiene
- smoking or chewing tobacco
- crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
- medications, including steroids, certain types of
- anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some
- calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease (gum disease), we will begin treatment. While periodontal disease is permanent, we will help maintain your oral health with dental cleanings every 3-4 months instead of the normal 6-month checkups.
We are committed to maintaining our patients’ overall oral health. We will work with you to help you achieve lasting health for your teeth and gums.