The pink tissue inside your mouth may seem like it wouldn’t be important to the health of your mouth, or your body as a whole. But this is far from the truth! Your gum tissue provides a protective barrier against bacteria and supports your teeth and natural bone. Unfortunately, gums aren’t immune to disease and if enough toxin-releasing plaque and tartar build-up on the teeth, your gums will be in danger of developing gingivitis. This is the first stage of periodontal disease, a progressive condition that affects the health of your gums, teeth, and bone. Without treatment, infection and inflammation of the gum tissue (caused by bacteria) will destroy this barrier and cause irreversible damage to teeth and natural bone. In the most advanced stages of periodontal disease, tooth loss almost always occurs, and the chronic infection can aggravate systemic conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, and heart disease. It’s important to contact our dentists at Riversbend Dental the moment you notice symptoms of periodontal disease in Maineville, OH. The health of your mouth—and your body—depends on it.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
Gums that are red, swollen, and tender
Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
Pus around teeth and gums or sores in your mouth
Teeth that are becoming loose or separating
Our Periodontal Services
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planing is the first step in treating gum disease. It doesn’t involve any surgery and, in many cases, is effective on its own. Scaling involves removing plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing smooths the teeth to discourage accumulation in the future and to help healthy gums reattach to the teeth.
When scaling and root planing is not enough to halt the progression of periodontal disease, a gingivectomy is the next step of treatment. We’ll remove the diseased areas of gum tissue from around the teeth. Once the area has been cleaned and disinfected, we’ll then suture the healthy gum tissue back around the tooth roots.
Most cases of periodontal disease can only be effectively managed and not entirely cured. We’ll provide deep cleanings of your teeth and periodontal pockets every 3-4 months to keep gum disease from progressing. This procedure is non-surgical and an effective way to keep gum disease under control after receiving comprehensive treatment.
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