Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment
Common signs of Gum Disease
- Red, tender, and swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Gum line receding, or gums are pulling away from teeth and forming pockets
- Changes in your bite or teeth alignment, loose teeth
Gum Disease Treatment Process
- We provide a comprehensive cleaning to remove built-up plaque and tartar.
- For more advanced conditions, scaling and deep root planning are effective treatments we provide. These procedures also involve inclusive cleaning, but deeper into areas above and below the gum line. A local anesthetic is administered in conjunction as well.
- We also utilize an FDA-approved antibiotic called Arestin. The Arestin therapy is quick, comfortable, and once applied, antibiotics are released into your gums for up to 21 days.
Dental lasers are utilized for a variety of treatments and procedures, including several therapeutic applications. It is a safe, precise and effective way to treat a specific area of the mouth without damaging surrounding tissue. For procedures that may cause some pain and discomfort, lasers can be used to treat the area, reducing pain and speeding up recovery time.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease Before it Starts?
Simple, everyday steps can also be taken to avoid gum disease growth, including:
- Brushing and flossing consistently at least twice a day
- Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse daily to help control plaque
- Scheduling regular checkups
If you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, it’s essential that you begin treatment. Besides tooth loss, studies have linked the untreated periodontal disease to the development of severe health issues such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pre-term low birth-weight babies. If you think you may have gum disease, please contact O'Fallon Family Dental Care to schedule an appointment right away.