GUM DISEASE IS A COMMON YET SEVERE PROBLEM IN AMERICA TODAY
At Cardiodontal, we can help get you the periodontal care you need. In addition to education regarding the proper way to prevent periodontal disease, we can also treat gum disease that already exists. Our office uses non-surgical methods of removing the infection.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is characterized as an infection of the gum tissue. Infection is brought on by bacteria buildup, usually from improper dental hygiene. Gum disease can be treated, but if it is allowed to run rampant, it can cause a number of serious dental and systemic issues.
Gum or periodontal disease can directly result in bone loss and the loss of a tooth. It has also been linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Treating gum disease early is key to preventing these larger issues.
Signs of gum disease include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
- Pain when chewing
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
Cleanings and Exams
Aside from proper home hygiene, routine cleanings and examinations are the number-one way to prevent gum disease or to catch it before it becomes a major issue. During your cleaning, your hygienist will perform a visual examination for signs of disease.
From there, you can decide what action to take. Our dental hygienists are highly trained to treat mild to advanced cases of gum disease using the latest technology and techniques.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a type of deep cleaning we use for gum disease treatment and prevent the need for periodontal surgery. Our dental hygienists use ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque and calculus from underneath your gums.
These scalers use sound waves to do the dirty work: They often are more effective in removing the infection than traditional scalers. They also feature a gentler, less stressful experience.
During your deep cleaning process, we can also place Arestin antibiotics below your gumline. This treatment can help fight the remaining bacteria in your mouth. We can also prescribe additional antibiotics if the infection requires it. Our hygienists are skilled at placing these antibiotics and can help you achieve a healthier smile.
As a final method of bacteria removal, we can use our soft-tissue laser to clean out periodontal pockets. We employ this technology if gum disease is advanced and requires extra cleaning. Laser dentistry empowers us to remove infected tissue accurately and painlessly without surgery.