Proactive Gum Disease Treatment
A healthy, beautiful smile is built off the support of healthy gums and bone. If the mouth is affected by gum disease, the progressive condition will begin to break down these support structures. Unless caught in the very earliest stages, gum disease is irreversible and can lead to damage of the gum tissue and bone, and even tooth loss. Our proactive approach to gum disease treatment involves oral DNA testing with salivary diagnostics, which analyses biomarkers in a patient’s saliva to determine their risk for gum disease and provide more effective treatment before the infection becomes a problem. For patients with gum disease, we offer comprehensive scaling and root planing, the first line of defense against mild to moderate levels of gum disease.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Inflamed, red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Pockets around teeth
- Loose teeth
What Is Scaling and Root Planing?
Gum disease develops as an infection of the gum tissue, when sticky plaque on the teeth is left to harden into tartar at and below the gumline. This bacterial invasion causes inflammation of the gums, which will begin to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that will continue to harbor bacteria and toxins. The purpose of scaling and root planing is to deep clean the teeth, removing the plaque and tartar buildup and ridding the area of bacteria and infection. Once the area has been cleaned and the tooth roots smoothed, the gums can reattach back to the teeth, lessening the depths of the pockets around them and reducing the risk for infection in the future.Watch Video
Keeping Gums Healthy with Periodontal Maintenance
Although gum disease cannot be cured, effective and routine management and proper at-home care can slow or halt its progression. Periodontal maintenance is a routine in-office deep cleaning scheduled every 3-4 months, after successful completion of gum disease therapy. At these appointments, we will remove plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gumline. We will also actively check for signs of returning inflammation or infection and closely monitor or treat areas of concern. With attentive care to the health of your gums, we can help you maintain a healthy smile long-term.