gum therapy

Gum Therapy

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There are a number of treatments available for gum disease sufferers.  These treatments vary from each patient depending on the severity of the condition and the overall health of the patient.

In order to determine the treatment best meets your needs, we will evaluate the extent of the damage caused by gum disease to develop a conservative initial plan. A dental hygiene evaluation will determine if plaque (soft deposits on the tooth) is being removed on a daily basis.

Next, calculus (also known as tartar) must be removed through a professional cleaning, and sometimes through the additional procedures of deep scaling and root planing. A local anesthetic may be administered during these procedures. Depending on the circumstance, we may also administer antibiotics to treat bacteria housed in the pocketed areas of the gum, and recommend a medicated mouthwash to be used as a regular part of your home regimen.

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. It can be easily treated if it is diagnosed in the early stages. It is important to notify us if you have any of these following warning signs of gum disease:

• Your gums bleed easily
• Your gums are very red, tender and / or swollen
• You can see pus in between your teeth and gums when they are pressed
• Your gums seem to be pulling away from your teeth
• You have chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• You notice a change in your bite or in the way your teeth fit together
• Your teeth are loose or they are separating

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.  We will do an assessment of your condition and give you options tailored to your individual needs.