Why is gum health important?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that will eventually destroy bone and lead to loose teeth and ultimately tooth loss. Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Mouth pain
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Increased space between the teeth
- Gums that feel swollen or tender
- Gums that appear to be receding, making your teeth appear longer
- Persistent bad breath
- The formation of pus between your teeth
- Changes in your bite and the way your teeth fit together
- Sores in your mouth
Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Our office is committed to achieving and maintaining periodontal (gum) health in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. To accomplish this, we offer a non-surgical periodontal treatment involving a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) and smoothing the root to eliminate bacteria. This procedure is called "scaling and root planning". On a case-by-case basis, we will also coat the area between the tooth structure and the gum with an antibiotic to keep the area healthy. Although a patient may not require any further active treatment after scaling and root planing, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain gum health. Keeping gums healthy is even more important now that periodontal disease has been linked to possible heart disease and other health problems.
By the way, you may want to take a look at our information on Oral Sedation. This is a remarkable state-of-the-art technology that allows you to get all of your dental work done in a few visits while you relax in a comfortable sleep-like state!