Ways to Treat Gum Disease

Ways to Treat Gum Disease

If you have tender or bleeding gums, then you may be one of the many Americans who have gum disease. Gum disease is a common infection caused by bacteria. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, left untreated will cause the tooth and the gums to separate and lead to further complications. If you are suffering from a form of gum disease, read on to learn about the different ways to treat your gum disease.

  • Treating Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is the only reversible stage of gum disease. This means the patient has pockets filled with bacteria which become infected. Your dentist will remove plaque and tartar on both sides of your gum line. They will rinse out the infected area in order to prevent further infection. Your dentist will recommend you to frequently return in order to prevent further infection.
  • Treating mild periodontitis. Advanced gingivitis is known as periodontitis. The bacteria pocket will deepen further. Scaling and root planing therapy is used to treat and clean mild periodontitis. This is used to remove plaque and tartar above, on, and below the gum line. Your dentist may also give you an antibiotic.
  • Treating moderate periodontitis. If you have deeper bacteria, then more of your gums may have receded. This will loosen your teeth. Your dentist will also use the scaling and planing treatment along with directly placing an antibiotic on the affected area. At times, laser treatment is also used.
  • Treating severe periodontitis. If there is permanent bone damage, then surgery may be required. Your dentist may choose to extract the tooth and place an implant.

Talk to your dentist today to see which option is best for you. Your health is our priority.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.