Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Maintaining healthy gums is an important component of oral health. Apart from causing bad breath and red, swollen, and bleeding gums, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and a variety of other health problems. By diagnosing and treating gum disease early on, we can maintain the appearance of your smile and ensure the continued health of your mouth and body.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. When plaque is left to build up on the teeth the bacteria inside it creates toxins that are irritating to the gums. This irritation causes swelling, soreness, and bleeding of the gums. The disease is still reversible at this point, however, it must be treated before it progresses into a more severe condition. When left untreated, gingivitis leads to periodontitis. During this advanced stage, the gums, bone, and teeth become damaged. Bone loss occurs which leads to receding gums. Teeth can become loose causing them to fall out or requiring them to be extracted. Unfortunately, this stage of gum disease is not reversible, however, it can be controlled.
PREVENTING GUM DISEASE
The best measures you can take to prevent gum disease are a diligent home care routine, regular dental visits, and a balanced diet. By brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and flossing daily you can remove plaque and bad bacteria. Routine check-ups at your dental office ensures that tartar is removed and concerns can be spotted and addressed before they progress. In addition, a balanced diet also helps keep bad bacteria in the mouth at bay. The bacteria found in plaque feeds on sugars left behind by certain foods. By limiting foods high in sugar and eating foods with adequate proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals you can reduce your chances of developing gum disease.
TREATING GUM DISEASE
We have a great periodontal program to help patients fight their gum disease. Our hygienists have gone through extensive post-graduate training at the Las Vegas Institute to stay up-to-date on the latest technology in treating periodontal disease. Treatment is customized to each patient’s needs depending on the severity of their case. We offer scaling and root planing treatment using ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and calculus deposits below the gum line and lasers to neutralize the bacteria within those gum pockets. We also offer deep cleanings which are effective for patients who are in the early stages of gum disease or have already completed scaling and root planing and are maintaining their gum health.
Concerned about your gum health?
Call us today at (724) 776-2280 or request an appointment to talk to a doctor.