What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a progressive condition that slowly deteriorates the health of the gums, causing loose teeth, jaw bone loss, and an increase in the risk for systemic complications. Caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar, gum disease can be successfully treated in the first stage of gingivitis, characterized by tender, swollen, and bleeding gums. If gum disease is left to progress, patients may experience chronic bad breath and even tooth loss, in worst cases. Timely treatment of the earliest stage of gum disease, commonly known as scaling and root planing, can “deep clean” the area and prevent bacteria from spreading further.
Personalized Treatment Options
Gum disease treatment varies depending on the severity of the case. For gingivitis, scaling and root planing can successfully halt the disease’s progression. For more advanced stages of gum disease, we offer gingivectomies and osseous surgery, if necessary, to remove the diseased gum tissue, clear the area of infection, and encourage reattachment of the gums to the tooth roots. Patients who have already received gum disease treatment may need routine periodontal maintenance to ensure symptoms do not return. If you have gum disease, we offer a highly customized treatment aimed at removing all disease and bacteria in a single, comprehensive appointment so no future periodontal maintenance appointments are necessary.
Early gum disease treatment offers many benefits, including:
- Halting gum disease progression
- Preventing tooth decay and loss
- Protecting tooth roots
- Eliminating bad breath (halitosis)
Comprehensive, One-Time Treatment
Our scaling and root planing process is personalized to your specific oral health needs. During your 3-hour appointment, we deep clean the teeth above and below the gum line to remove all plaque and tartar buildup. We also apply medicine to the gums, and have you swish a special mouth rinse to further safeguard the treated area from bacteria buildup. Once treatment is complete, we send you home with a special tooth brush and mouth rinse designed to fight any future plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Our goal for this comprehensive scaling and root planing is to help ensure that you never need periodontal maintenance done in the future.
Care Focused on Eliminating Disease for Good
Gum disease is a serious oral health concern that only worsens with time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis, contact our office. We have the resources and experience necessary to accurately diagnose and treat your gum disease. Dr. Candace Colella is passionate about being able to help her patients restore their oral health in ways that help eliminate symptoms or problems. With proper and timely treatment, we can bring health and beauty back to your smile!