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Gum disease doesn’t spring up overnight—it progresses slowly, and in many cases, you may not even realize you have it! Left untreated, gum disease can lead to larger issues, including tooth loss. Gum disease can happen even if you are vigilant about flossing, brushing and taking care of your teeth, which is why it is so important to get routine dental check-ups.
Gum Disease Treatment Therapies
Should your dental visit indicate the presence of gum disease, Dr. Dannin and hygienists Sandy or Kelly will work with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the disease’s severity, it may be necessary to consider more aggressive therapies that move beyond the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. For example, if there is a large amount of plaque and tartar that is accumulating below the gum line, we may suggest specific medications administered at the disease site, or additional treatments like deep cleaning, often called scaling and root-planing.
Scaling and root-planing is a gum disease treatment that involves removing calculus from below the gums and smoothing the tooth’s root surface. When this is complete, you are left with a clean, bacteria-free surface that promotes optimal healing of the soft tissue surrounding it.
Local anesthesia is suggested as a way to minimize any discomfort. After the procedure is complete, our hygiene team will recommend more frequent cleaning appointments and will demonstrate the things you can do at home to maintain the oral gains created by your recent procedure. Over your next several appointments, your dental team will assess your current state of gum disease before working with you to determine if additional steps are necessary.
If your gum disease has progressed well below the gum line, we may recommend a consultation with a periodontist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.