Let’s open with an uncomfortable fact: there is no cure for gum disease. Once the disease forms, you will require treatment to avoid the advanced state of the disease, which can lead to major complications. Fortunately, we have a treatment option for managing the disease or reversing inflammation during the early stages, before gum disease forms. With a deep cleaning, we can help treat gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Gum Disease
Question: What are the warning signs of trouble?
Answer: When should you see a dentist? Any sudden changes to your gums could be a sign of trouble. For example, if you notice they appear more red than usual or if they bleed easily. Soreness and swelling could also be indicators of trouble. The initial inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can be reversed completely if treated in time. Once periodontal disease forms, we can manage the issue with regular treatment.
Question: What happens if the issue isn’t treated or managed?
Answer: Without treatment to manage the disease, periodontitis can form. This is the advanced stage of the disease, which can cause the connective tissues between your teeth and gums to dissolve, causing them to become lost. In fact, periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
Question: What is a deep cleaning?
Answer: A deep cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and from under the gums using an ultrasonic scaler. The procedure may be completed in a single visit, however, serious buildup may mean multiple visits to remove all traces of plaque and tartar.
Question: How do I protect myself at home?
Answer: You can avoid tobacco products, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day to help control the amount of plaque and tartar that accumulates between dental cleanings.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Gum Disease?
James Stewart, DDS, can recommend the most appropriate options for managing your periodontal disease. We serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.