Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease, often simply called gum disease, is a serious oral health issue. It is an infection that attacks the gum and bone around your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
If we find that you have gum disease, we will tailor your periodontal care to meet your specific needs. The type of treatment we choose depends on the extent of disease we find present.
In some cases, more frequent professional cleanings may be enough to stop gum disease in its tracks. If you are in the more advanced stages – gingivitis or periodontitis – a deep cleaning by our hygienist will be necessary. We want you to be fully informed about your periodontal care, and we’ll explain your treatment plan in detail and answer any questions you may have.
Periodontal Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is a non-surgical procedure where our hygienist gently removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line (scaling). The procedure also involves smoothing of rough spots on your tooth root (planing). This eliminates bacteria and provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth. During your appointment, our hygienist will also talk to you about your oral health habits and teach you how to prevent further infections, receding gums, and possible bone and tooth loss.
Treating gum disease quickly is also important for your overall health. Recent research suggests a link between gum disease and other health problems. For example, several studies point out associations between gum disease and the development of heart and respiratory disease.
Our team is committed to helping you achieve the best possible oral health. Please call our Oak Grove dental office to schedule a through exam and professional cleaning. Prevention and early diagnosis are the keys to keeping periodontal disease from taking its toll on your oral health as well as your general health.