If you develop gum disease, then you can develop uncomfortable symptoms. Overtime, you can also experience a greater risk of adult tooth loss. How do you treat gum disease? What can be done to protect your smile from tooth loss and other serious complications? Let’s answer some questions about periodontal treatment!
Frequently Asked Questions About Periodontal Treatment
Question: What are signs I need treatment?
Answer: Patients with the disease my initially notice changes to their gums, such as soreness, redness, or bleeding when brushing and flossing. Later, they may even notice gum recession. If one or more of these possible warning signs applies to you, then contact our team for a diagnosis and to discuss possible solutions.
Question: When do you prescribe scaling and root planing?
Answer: In the early stages of the disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, the procedure involves the use of an ultrasonic scaler to completely remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots. Doing so can reverse gingivitis and managed periodontal disease. Depending on the extent of your buildup, the procedure can take one visit or up to four to complete.
Question: Will I need antibiotics and regular cleanings?
Answer: In addition to a deep cleaning, we also administer antibiotics as well. Afterward, we can discuss a regiment of routine cleanings and medication to remove plaque and help protect your smile from the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, which can lead to adult tooth loss.
Question: How do dental lasers address periodontal problems?
Answer: For more serious cases of the disease, we can use a specially-calibrated dental laser. The laser can remove infected tissue, allowing healthy gums to adhere to the teeth and helping to close periodontal pockets. The laser ensures accuracy and precision, while also preventing the need for anesthesia or sutures. Patients also experience a reduced risk of bleeding and infection when dental lasers are used.
Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?
Dr. Lawson and our team can provide periodontal treatment to improve the health of your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.