Gum Treatment

You  can actively prevent disease and decay through regular home care, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings. This will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal (gum)  disease  is  an  ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more  infection  you  have in fact, this is the major cause of  tooth loss. The purpose of Periodontal (gum) treatment is to remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal.

Early  detection  is  key. There are generally two treatments  (non-surgical and surgical) to treat this condition, depending on the severity of your infection:

Our first treatments, Scaling and Root Planing, are non-surgical procedures performed to remove periodontal infection from  below  the  gum  line.  Scaling and planing effectively remove periodontal infections   when  the  pockets   around  your gums  are  not too deep. The  surfaces  of  the  tooth root are cleaned and  smoothed and this removes the bacteria under  the  gums  making  it more difficult for bacteria to grow under the gums in the future. Scaling and root planing are done under local anesthesia  and  are quite  different from the routine  dental  cleaning  or  “deep cleaning.” If  the tissue  around  your teeth is unhealthy and  cannot  be  repaired  with  non-surgical treatment  a  minor  surgical procedure must be performed to remove the infection.

If your gums are swollen and tender or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. Prevention  begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause for gum disease.

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