Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Do you think you might have gum disease? Quick action can prevent the infection from causing tooth loss and destruction of your bone. Here’s what to be on the lookout for:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swelling or discomfort of the gum tissues
- Problems with food packing under your gums or between teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth
- Excessive tartar buildup
- Receding gum lines (“long” teeth)
Even if your parents had gum infection, steps can be taken to combat periodontal disease so that you don’t have to lose your teeth. The key is to catch symptoms early.
The examination process involves a full mouth series of x-rays and a detailed periodontal exam. Dr. Cook or one of our Registered Dental Hygienists will thoroughly measure the attachment levels of your gums along six points of each tooth. This data will be used in conjunction with the x-rays to pinpoint areas of tissue detachment and bone loss.
If the pockets under the gums are any deeper than 3mm, some form of gum infection is present. Pockets that are 5 to 6mm or deeper will need what we call a “deep cleaning” to remove the bacteria and facilitate healing.
During the deep cleaning, we may need to numb your mouth to prevent discomfort. A slim, ultrasonic device is used to thoroughly clean the root surfaces of all calcified tartar as it rinses away plaque biofilm. In most cases we will clean one half of your mouth and have you return to do the 2nd half about a week later – especially if local anesthesia is needed.
After your deep cleaning it is extremely important to visit our office every 3 months until symptoms of the disease are no longer prevalent. We will also provide you with the information you need to care for your teeth between visits.
Call us for an appointment at 256-539-4079.