Timing Is Important
At early stages, gum disease is treatable with basic in-office methods. These treatments include dental scaling and root planing with ultrasonic tools that minimize pain and discomfort.
Advanced cases may need to be referred to an outside specialist, known as a Periodontist, to help save your teeth. At this stage, more aggressive treatments are required to repair the damage done by the disease so that your mouth can function properly.
Treating Early Stages of Gum Disease
During your appointment, we perform an examination of your mouth with measurements and radiographs to assess gum disease damage and present treatment options available to you. We offer the following treatments:
- Dental Scaling removes tarter with an ultrasonic device that emits sonic vibrations. A cleaning tool is often used after the scaling to further remove any remaining plaque.
- Root Planing – If bone loss is occurring due to inflammation, this procedure removes plaque and calculus from below the gum line, helping to resolve the harmful inflammation.
Preventing Gum Disease
The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing combined with regular in-office cleanings. Good oral health practices will keep plaque, one of the main causes of gum disease, from building up in the first place.
- Floss at least once a day, gliding the floss gently between your teeth and going to the base of each tooth along the gum line.
- Brush at least twice a day after meals for two minutes at a time. Gently brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle in a circular motion that shifts plaque away from your gum line.
- If you regularly bleed while flossing, set up an appointment to make sure you aren’t suffering from gum disease.
- An in-office cleaning includes a thorough exam and necessary radiographs, followed by removal of plaque with specialized instruments.
Ready to Schedule an Appointment?
Catching gum disease early is critical to successful treatment. However, we can help even if you have a more advanced case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.