Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can cause painfully tender and bleeding gums. If allowed to progress, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Visit your trusted Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores at Dores Dental to get a gum disease treatment today!
Dores Dental can help you stop gum disease in its tracks. To get our help fighting gum disease, call 413-241-3995.
Signs of Gum Disease
How do you know you have gum disease? Here are some signs you likely have it:
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
- Gums that are swollen, red, and/or painful
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
If you have these symptoms and worry you may have gum disease, let our top-notch Longmeadow, MA dentist at Dores Dental check you out.
What Causes Gum Disease?
If enough bacteria builds up in your mouth on and underneath your gums, you can develop a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. It’s important to brush and floss regularly and come to us for biannual dental cleanings to prevent this buildup.
Two Stages of Gum Disease
There are two stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis. In this early stage of gum disease, the primary symptom is tender or bleeding gums. The good news is, there is no bone or tissue damage. A professional dental cleaning, followed by regular brushing and flossing, should take care of it.
- If not treated, though, gingivitis progresses to full-blown periodontitis. In this stage the inner layer of gum pulls away from your teeth, creating “pockets” where bacteria gathers and grows. This starts to break down the connective tissue and bone that keep your teeth in place, which puts you in danger of losing teeth.
How Dores Dental Does Gum Disease Treatment
Dores Dental offers gum disease treatment in two ways:
- Scaling and root planing. During this deep-cleaning procedure, Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores scrapes away all the plaque and tartar, both above and below your gumline. He also smoothes away rough spots on your tooth roots, where bacteria can attach. This also makes it easier for your gums to reattach to your teeth. You may receive local anesthesia during the gum disease treatment.
- Application of Arestin®. During scaling and root planing, Dr. Dores puts a time-released antibiotic called Arestin under your gums. It helps guard against future periodontitis.
If gum disease sets in, you can lose teeth. Treatments such as scaling and root planing will help ensure that doesn’t happen. Call Dores Dental at 413-241-3995 if you think you may have gum disease. You can also use our online form to schedule a gum disease treatment appointment.