Gum Disease Treatment
Without treatment, gum disease undermines both the look and health of your smile. Professional periodontal care not only eliminates pain and bleeding gums, but also prevents the need for more expensive treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?
Eliminating unpleasant symptoms.
By addressing the source of the problem, we can stop the most immediate side effects, from bleeding gums to bad breath.
Laying foundations for aesthetic results.
Once we have eliminated the risk to your oral health, you can focus on ensuring your smile looks as good as possible.
The sooner gum disease is addressed, the less likely you are to need more expensive treatments, such as gum grafting surgery or dental implants.
So let’s get down to it. What does a typical treatment look like?
Periodontal Disease Is a Common Problem
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you don’t have to feel alone. Periodontal infections are an extremely common problem. According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half the adult population in the US suffers from gum disease.
So what happens if you don’t get the treatment you need?
Your Health - and Your Money - Are at Stake
Professional treatment is the only reliable solution to eliminate gum disease. While many patients avoid dental care for as long as possible out of anxiety, untreated periodontitis has severe repercussions. The more advanced the condition, the more expensive treatment becomes. In all cases, gum disease results in bone loss around the roots, and in severe cases, teeth have to be extracted.
If Routine Dental Maintenance Has Failed...
Scaling and root planing is the first line of attack against gum disease. Treatment is split into several steps:
- Removal of plaque from above and below gum line with specially designed instruments
- Smoothing out tooth roots to remove potential footholds for future plaque buildup
- Frequent checkups to monitor patient compliance and recovery
Early Treatment for a Healthier Smile
Because gum health is an integral part of your oral health, it is not usually possible to pursue other treatments without first addressing gum disease. Both restorative and cosmetic treatments require healthy gums for the best chance of success.
Gum disease is a potentially dangerous problem with an easy solution. Every patient should attend regular check-ups with their dentist to ensure that any sign of periodontal disease is caught as early as possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn how to protect your smile.