Gum disease, also known as periodontitis in its most advanced stages, may be more common than you think. Gum disease not only directly affects your gums, but may also compromise the health of your teeth. When your oral health habits aren’t sufficiently cleaning your teeth, or if you’re genetically predisposed to gum disease, you may notice such symptoms as red or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in the position of your teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately for information about the following non-surgical treatments:
Professional Dental Cleaning
If you’re suffering from a mild form of gum disease, additional visits to your dentist may be the only treatment you need. At a typical dentist appointment, your dentist uses professional tools to remove harmful tartar and plaque that have accumulated on your teeth. Usually, biannual appointments are enough to keep plaque and tartar from damaging your teeth and gums, but if your dentist discovers symptoms of gum disease, extra cleanings present a great, non-surgical way to rid your mouth of bacteria.
Scaling and Root Planing
If gum disease is more advanced, there are still non-surgical options available. Scaling and root planing are intense, deep-cleaning procedures performed by your dentist to remove tartar and plaque. First, your dentist will administer local anesthetic to ensure your total comfort. Next, plaque and tartar are scraped from above and below the gum line through a process called scaling. Finally, the scaled parts of your teeth are smoothed out in a process called root planing, which allows the gums to safely reattach to your teeth.
If you are concerned about the possibility of gum disease, or if you are interested in learning more about these non-surgical options for gum disease treatment, contact Dr Alina Bergan DDS. We provide family and cosmetic dentistry services for all of your dental needs! Contact us at (800) 223-0801 today!