Gum disease is a common infection of the gums, causing swelling, redness, and mild bleeding. It’s caused by bacterial plaque that’s left behind between brushing and flossing. But when gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) isn’t reversed through home care and professional cleanings, it can develop into the more aggressive stages of periodontitis. It’s at this point where gum disease treatment is vital, as infection causes detachment of the gingival tissues around the teeth, and bone loss. Symptoms of gum disease include receding gumlines, bleeding gums, shrinking bone support (as visible on x-rays), and bad breath, just to name a few. The strain that the oral infection takes on your immune system makes it difficult for your body to manage the gum disease or underlying medical issues. Additionally, periodontal bacteria can spread directly into the bloodstream, lodging itself within the cardiovascular tissues or even your heart. Fortunately, with gum disease treatment, it’s possible to prevent tooth loss and reduce the infectious strain to your body.
Conventional types of gum disease treatment usually involve manual deep cleanings with special instruments, followed by regular periodontal maintenance to prevent relapse. At our Bridgeville, PA practice, we offer a less invasive approach to conventional gum disease treatment, thanks to soft tissue laser gum therapy combined with typical scaling and root planing. During a laser treatment, we can remove infected areas while leaving healthy gum tissue intact, creating an environment that facilitates faster healing and gum reattachment. If extensive bone loss has occurred, osseous surgery can add new bone density into the area around the teeth, reducing your risk of tooth loss. Once the infection is under control, we place you on a periodontal maintenance schedule to prevent relapse. The best part: you can request sedation dentistry for any and all of these services!
Enjoy the convenience and comfort of seeing our top sedation dentist in Bridgeville, PA. Schedule a periodontitis screening today to learn more.