More Americans lose teeth from periodontal (gum) disease rather than tooth decay or trauma. Gum disease first appears as gingivitis and may present as gum sensitivity or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing teeth. If untreated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis which leads to bone loss and gum recession. Periodontal maintenance, typically every three months, is required to keep gum disease in check after diagnosis.
Depending on the stage and severity of periodontal disease, various treatments can be applied to help prevent further progress, treat infection, repair damage and maintain gum health.
1. Non-surgical periodontal treatment
Non-surgical periodontal treatment is a deep cleaning process that involves root scaling and planing to eliminate tartar and plaque around each tooth. Scaling and planing involves intensive cleaning both above and below the gum line, then smoothing the roots of teeth to encourage re-attachment of gums to the teeth. This is a non-invasive method that may be required if pockets have started to form.
2. Surgical periodontal treatment
Surgical periodontal treatment may involve deep pocket elimination, connecting tissue grafting, laser therapy or regenerative treatment.
Our team provides effective periodontal treatment services to help keep gums healthy and smile intact. Request an appointment to evaluate the health of gums if they’re swollen or bleed easily when brushing, flossing or eating crunchy foods.