Gum disease is an inflammation of your gum line. If it is let untreated it can negatively affect the bone that supports your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also experience receding gums or persistent bad breath.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to heal and protect the area being threatened. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it tries to protect itself by pulling gum tissue away from your teeth.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will continue to recede away from your teeth, which can trigger a variety of other serious dental and oral health problems.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Town Center Dentistry And Orthodontics every six months for your routine teeth cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface.
However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Kessler performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients at risk for gingivitis.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Town Center Dentistry And Orthodontics.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Kessler provides treatment that can reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most of your treatment options will be non-surgical procedures.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
The symptoms of gum disease are painful and need to be treated immediately to preserve the health of your mouth and your entire body.
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