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Non-Surgical Gum Treatment

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for ones teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.

Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows:

  • gums that are red and bleed easily
  • persistent bad breath
  • gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth
  • changes in the position or bite of the teeth

Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.

In advanced cases of periodontal disease, or bone loss, a patient may need more treatment than just a regular cleaning or scaling or root planning.  In the past a dentist may refer a patient to the periodontal specialist where they would cut the gums away to remove the bacteria or tartar and then stitch the gums back.  The recovery time was long and the procedure was painful.  We now offer the laser treatment.  After a scaling and root planing, the doctor uses a laser to remove any damaged or infected tissue.  It also helps kill the bacteria causing the gum disease and promote healing.  Depending on how deep the pockets are between the patients teeth and gums is how they determine how many visits will be necessary.  It ranges from 2-5 appointments with a month checkup after all laser treatments are completed.  At the one month check the dentist will decide if touch-up procedures are required at no charge.  The treatment itself is not as invasive and the recovery is minimal compared to original periodontal surgery.