Get A Safer Smile With Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
If you have gum disease, you may not even know it. You’ll realize something is wrong once the problem hits a critical stage. By visiting a Royal Oak, MI dentist regularly, you can prevent and treat gum disease with nonsurgical options. Duffield Dentistry has experts who can provide the deep cleaning necessary to restore and protect your health.
Non-surgical gum treatment pretty much takes care of a lot of the gum disease. There are some severe cases that might require surgery, but we can probably take care of, I’m going to say, 80 or 90 percent of the gum disease. Just getting the irritants cleaned up and the gums in good health, and as long as there is good home care, we are able to manage that for a lot of patients. A lot of patients come in with gum disease, and we’re able to treat it and maintain it and keep things stable.
Call us at (248) 721-4502 to schedule a routine dental cleaning and exam if it’s been a while since your last one. Or if you have signs of gum disease, ask us about our non-surgical gum disease treatment!
Learn To Recognize The Signs Of Gum Disease
The most obvious symptom of gum disease is red, swollen gums. They may bleed when you floss. Even if you feel no pain, you should call us immediately if this sounds like you. Early intervention and prevention are essential for keeping you out of pain!
If your gum disease is advanced, you may experience more severe symptoms:
- Spaces between your gums and your teeth, sometimes filled with infection.
- A foul smell or taste in your mouth, accompanied by bad breath.
- Gums that have receded back from your teeth.
Get Your Gum Disease Under Control Without Surgery
The gold standard for treating gum disease is a combination of scaling and root planing:
I’ve had had major periodontal disease, I’ve had loose teeth. I came to him with a mouth full of silver, basically, and he has given me truly a beautiful smile. The stains are gone, my gums are healthy, makes it much easier to smile, it really does.
My oral health is better than it’s ever been, and for that I’m really grateful. He really makes it more of a partnership in terms of decisions and what’s to be done and how it will be done, and for me that’s important. I’ve had trouble with my teeth since I was a little girl, and obviously built up a great deal of anxiety about going to the dentist. So that fact that he’s been able to do as much work and I trust him is significant. And he’s very sensitive to that, and dealing with anxiety and fear. But he’s made it a whole lot easier.
Scaling is the process of removing the plaque and tartar buildup from along and below the gumline. Any plaque and tartar on the teeth will be removed as well. The bacteria that causes gum disease find it hard to attach to the smooth surface of the teeth and gums after the scaling is completed.
Root planing is performed in combination with scaling. Dr. Duffield or Dr. Grewal will remove the bacteria from below the gumline, including bacteria on the tooth roots. The surface of the roots are softer and more porous than the rest of the tooth. This makes this area an attractive location for bacteria to grow.
Your dentist will then smooth out any rough spots left on the root surface. This will help keep bacteria from flocking back to begin growing again.
Call Duffield Dentistry at (248) 721-4502 to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Duffield or Dr. Grewal will be happy to go over all of your non-surgical gum treatment options.