As a dental office, we are concerned with the health of your entire mouth, and not just the teeth. One issue that we see and treat regularly is gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused by a bacterial film called plaque, which develops on our teeth. Plaque irritates our gums and tries to build up around the edges of the gumline and other hard-to-reach spaces.
Regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings can keep this buildup relatively at bay. However, if these tasks don’t happen, the irritation can turn into the first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis can cause:
- Swollen or puffy gums.
- Dark/Red gums.
- Gums that bleed easily.
- Bad breath.
- Receding gums.
- Soreness of the gums.
Many of these symptoms can be fairly minor, and may seem to be unimportant. However, if left untreated, they can very easily develop into the second stage of gum disease: periodontitis.
Periodontitis shows the symptoms listed above, though usually in more severity. In addition, you may also notice loosening of your teeth in the affected area.
The more the plaque bacteria is able to cause irritation, the more the gums recede. If they recede too far, teeth will loosen and eventually fall out completely. In fact, gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss throughout the world.
To prevent serious tooth loss, it is necessary to catch and treat gum disease as early as possible! We offer top-of-the-line gum disease treatment methods to help you do this.
Periodontal Disease Treatment At Bateman Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry
Gum disease treatment is vital to ideal oral health. Not only does it prevent premature tooth loss, but it also helps to keep your gums strong, clean, and free of any pain.
Here at Bateman Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry, we can work toward restoring your health in a number of different ways. Outside of traditional periodontal cleanings, we also employ some modern techniques that we’re very excited about!
- Laser Periodontal Therapy | Dental lasers may sound like a thing of the future, but we can use them today for a number of amazing procedures. One of those is periodontal disease treatment. Dental lasers are precise and highly effective, making them excellent for thorough perio cleaning.
- No More Hygiene Protocol | Recent medical research shows that gum disease treatment can be made more effective than ever before, with the use of DNA testing. By using in-depth knowledge of the specific bacteria involved in gum disease, we can not only clean it more effectively, but can actually begin to completely eliminate it.
Gum Disease Treatment FAQs
- Why does periodontal disease treatment need more than a normal cleaning? The bacteria associated with gum disease works its way deep under the gums. It therefore needs a much more in depth treatment. That’s one of the reasons that laser dentistry is so effective.
- Does periodontal disease treatment hurt? Our hygienists are highly trained and very gentle. However, you may have some post-treatment soreness for a couple days.
Contact Our Office About Periodontal Disease Treatment in Lehi!
If you have any questions, or have experienced some of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Bateman Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry. We’re happy to help you make a dental treatment plan that is right for you. Serving the Lehi, Alpine, and Highland, UT areas.