What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. Proper treatment can help prevent bone loss. Gum disease treatment also improves your overall health by reducing the risk of bacteria entering your bloodstream.
Gum disease should not be taken lightly. It can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, gastrointestinal cancers and diabetes. Harmful bacteria that build up on your teeth to create plaque cause gum disease. When plaque hardens and calcifies, it becomes tartar, which irritates the gums and causes them to become infected, resulting in gum disease. We can restore your gums to optimal health.
There are two forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from either stage of gum disease:
Our office uses non-surgical and mostly non-invasive advanced technology to treat and prevent gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a form of deep teeth cleaning typically performed using a local anesthetic. Scaling involves scraping off tartar above and below your gum line. With root planning, strategically smooth rough spots along the tooth root to prevent further bacteria growth. Scaling and root planing can effectively treat most gum disease.
Antibiotics can help eliminate the bacteria associated with gum disease. Antibiotics are often used in combination with other treatments.
Chlorhexidine is an antimicrobial fluid used to combat plaque and gingivitis.
Mild to Moderate Tissue Maintenance
If periodontal disease requires more serious intervention, we can refer you to a terrific specialist that will take care of all your gum disease needs.