Gum Disease Treatment
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease that is caused by plaque building up in the mouth. Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that can grow on the teeth–and it’s teeming with bacteria.
Warning signs of gingivitis include chronic bad breath, tender or swollen gums, and bleeding easily while brushing and flossing. In many cases, gingivitis can be resolved easily with deep cleanings and good oral hygiene habits. However, if gingivitis remains untreated, periodontitis can occur.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults, and can result in infection, jawbone deterioration, and facial collapse.
Although gum disease common, periodontal disease is largely avoidable if you have a team of experts to help you.
Treating Gum Disease with Dr. Hugh Flax
Dr. Flax often recommends a deep dental cleaning called a scaling and root planing procedure. This non-surgical procedure will reduce the extensive plaque buildup that is aggravating your gums.
Scaling and root planing involves a meticulous cleaning of the teeth and smoothing the roots so that plaque cannot accumulate as readily in the future. This procedure does not require anesthesia and will help you avoid the need for surgery to address more advanced complications.
We will also work with you to develop a diligent at-home care routine that will keep your gums healthier from now on. Patients with gingivitis or periodontal disease should return for follow-up appointments every two to three months until their condition has improved.
Dr. Flax, Atlanta dentist, uses knowledgeable planning, advanced technology, and genuine care to help patients recover from gum disease. If you suspect you may have a gum problem, we invite you to come and see us for an evaluation. The earlier you treat gum disease, the easier the process will be. Contact us today!