As bacteria, plaque and other harmful products build up around your teeth and under your gums, your tissues can be damaged.
Treatment of gum disease depends on the severity of the disease as well as what your overall goals are. Often times, if gingivitis is present, normal cleanings will be recommended. We can also show you some ways that you can work at home to keep plaque and calculus at a minimum.
If your gum disease is more severe, we will recommend scaling and root planing. This is often referred to as a “deep cleaning” and involves getting you numb and cleaning well below the gumline to remove difficult bacteria and bacterial toxins. If gum disease does not improve after scaling and root planing, surgery may be recommended to repair your gums.
The kind of treatment that you will require depends in large measure on what your goals are, how far the disease process has progressed and how open you are to changing home care methods. We can work with you to find a balance that is right for you.