NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation and support for one’s teeth. All structures are referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the support of the teeth, just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care (periodontal therapy), it may be possible to return them to a healthier state. Routine professional cleanings are vital to maintain a healthy periodontium. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe, you may need to be treated with surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.