How is gum disease treated?

 

  • The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing or use of interdental brushes. Good oral health will help keep plaque from building up.
  • A professional cleaning is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. We provide treatment that will clean or "scale" your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline. If your condition is more severe, a root planing procedure may be performed. Root planing helps to smooth irregularities on the roots of the teeth making it more difficult for plaque to deposit there.
  • By scheduling regular checkups, early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If your condition is more advanced, treatment will be required.

 

   

Healthy Gums - Healthy gums are firm and don't bleed. They fit snugly around the teeth.



 

 

 

Gingivitis - Gums are mildly inflamed, may appear red or swollen and may bleed during brushing



 

 

 

Periodontitis - Gums begin to separate and recede from the teeth. This allows plaque to move toward the roots, supporting fibers and bone.