Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It is a problem that can quickly get out of control, and gum disease treatment is the key to saving your smile.
Mild Gum Disease - Gingivitis
At our Harleysville, PA dental office, we have different methods for treating gum disease designed for your specific needs. In its mildest stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is easily treated with improved oral hygiene and routine professional dental cleanings.
If gingivitis isn’t treated, it develops into periodontitis and continues to attack the gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.
Advanced Gum Disease - Periodontitis
We usually treat periodontitis with a gum infection therapy treatment called scaling and root planing. This procedure is done under local anesthesia, and our hygienist removes all the plaque and tartar from your teeth. The root surface of your tooth is then smoothed so bacteria don’t have a place to linger.
But even a deep cleaning can only do so much, and the long-term success of your gum disease treatment is dependent on you. We will schedule more frequent cleanings, but it’s up to you to keep up with these appointments. Obviously, you also need to make adjustments to your oral hygiene routine.
Smoking is a habit that impacts the success of your treatment as does bruxism, or teeth grinding. It’s important for you to tell the team at our Harleysville, PA dental office about either of these habits so we can treat your gum disease and monitor you appropriately.
If you are concerned about gum disease and whether or not you need treatment, please call our office. We will work with you to correct the problem and ensure that your healthy smile stays that way!