When plaque is left on your teeth, it eventually hardens into tartar. As the tartar builds, it harbors bacteria that irritates the gum tissue. If left untreated, this early stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can turn to periodontitis, one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
Gum Disease Treatment
The path to a beautiful smile begins with healthy gums.
Few people experience pain with periodontal disease and the symptoms are varied. Some are subtle, such as bad breath or gums that bleed when you floss, while others are more obvious, such as losing a tooth.
Gum disease is linked to far more than tooth loss, including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If your gums are red or swollen, or they bleed when you brush or floss, you may already be in the early stages of periodontal disease.
Treatment for gingivitis and periodontitis is simple and performed right in our office. While advanced cases could require surgery, our first step is to use scaling and planing to thoroughly clean your teeth. Scaling removes the dental tartar from your teeth, followed by planing, which removes the infected tooth structure and smoothes the root surfaces.
If you are concerned about pain or have anxiety about treatment, please let us know when you make your appointment. We have several options to make your experience at our office as pain free as possible.