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Gum Disease Treatment

When you have infected tissues surrounding your teeth, a common cause is gum disease. If left untreated in adults, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and some studies even link severe gum disease (also called periodontal disease) with heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Gum disease is painless and can often go undiscovered; however, there are highly noticeable gum disease symptoms including:

  • Tender, red or swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed easily and regularly
  • Gums that have receded from your teeth
  • Visible white spots or plaque on your gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Loosening or separating teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Noticeable change in your bite

If you have any of the gum disease warning signs above, we urge you to make a dentist appointment. Western Dental can diagnose and treat mild to severe gum disease with a variety of methods including deep cleaning, local antibiotics and gum surgery.

Deep Cleaning Teeth

Western Dental’s gum treatment typically starts with a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing (SRP) to remove plaque and tarter from your teeth both above and below the gum line. Antibacterial liquid may also be used to treat and protect your gums.

The goal of deep cleaning is to provide a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth. This non-surgical treatment also makes it harder for plaque and tarter to return below your gum line.

Local Antibiotics

In some cases, a longer-lasting antibiotic may be required. Western Dental uses an antibiotic called Arestin® to kill harmful bacteria found in your gums. Unlike most antibiotics that are taken in pill form and travel through your body, Arestin is a powder that is placed directly on your gums after deep cleaning. This powerful antibiotic continues to kill bacteria on your gums for up to three weeks.

Gum Surgery

In many cases, non-surgical treatment including scaling and root planing is sufficient to improve and ultimately restore the health of your gums. However, if your gums are severely unhealthy or have started to separate from your teeth, gum surgery may be necessary.

During gum surgery, a periodontist will remove unhealthy gum tissue and replace it with healthy tissue. Sometimes new tissue or even bone is required for the infected area. This process is called gum graft surgery and it can also be used to help prevent further gum recession, cover exposed roots, and improve the look of your teeth.

Your dental health is very important to us. To determine if you need gum disease treatment, please contact Western Dental to make a dentist appointment.