Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums that can lead to serious oral and overall health issues. There are different levels of periodontitis, starting with gingivitis and progressing to more extreme infections. The sooner the disease is treated, the less chance there is of bone, tissue or tooth loss. Our team at Blooming Smiles Dental Studio can help you treat all levels of periodontitis with general dentistry to protect your smile and overall health.
Gum Infection Treatment
When gum disease strikes, the gums become inflamed and infected. Fighting this infection is part of the treatment to stop the disease in its tracks. Deep cleanings to remove tartar buildup and bacteria is part of fighting the infections. Special mouthwash and other medications can also be used to clear the infection and allow the gums to heal. In earlier stages of gum disease, controlling and stopping the infection can be enough to start the gums on the road to health with continued home care and professional cleanings.
Scaling and Root Planing
When periodontitis begins to affect the health of the gum tissue, the gums can retract from the teeth and leave large pockets. These deep pockets around the tooth root can be almost impossible to clean with home care and need professional care. To clear away the tartar on the roots, a procedure is used that scales away the tartar below the gum line on the tooth root. Once the tartar is removed, the root is planed to make it smooth, promoting healing of the gum tissue. Since scaling and root planing occur below the gums, anesthesia is needed to numb the area while this treatment is performed.
Periodontal therapy can help stop gum infection and restore oral health. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease or believe you may have symptoms of gingivitis, contact Blooming Smiles Dental Studio today to schedule an appointment. We can help you treat periodontitis to prevent tooth loss and other serious health issues.