Gum Disease Treatment in Upper Arlington
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial growth that can be destructive. It is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth, and eventually breaks down the tissues and bones surrounding the teeth.
Types of Gum Disease
The two main types of gum disease include gingivitis and periodontitis. If you have noticed swollen gums that bleed easily when you floss, you shouldn’t ignore them, because they are likely indicators of gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease that can lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more aggressive form of gum disease, which decays tissues and wears down bone around the teeth. Periodontitis results in tooth loss, mouth pain, and bone collapse.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
If you notice any of the warning signs of periodontal disease, give our Upper Arlington office a call to come in for an assessment.
- Bleeding gums, even if they bleed while brushing or flossing your teeth
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Spacing between the teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Gum recession, or gums pulling back from the teeth
- Discharge around the teeth and gums
- Red and puffy gums
- Tenderness in the gums or difficulty chewing
Gum Disease Treatment
We provide effective gum disease treatments so you can protect your smile. Some of the nonsurgical options we offer include:
Routine Cleanings | For some patients, gum disease is easily reversible with frequent routine cleanings. This gentle process can remove the tartar and plaque that may be too difficult for you to eliminate at home.
Deep Cleanings | For more advanced cases of gum disease, a scaling and root planing procedure (a deep cleaning procedure) may be useful. In this procedure, we remove the tartar and plaque from the teeth with a combination of electronic and manual scaling. We also clean the periodontal pockets to prevent the spread of gum disease.
Treatment does not have not have to be painful or expensive if we start early. If you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call our office today. We work with patients all over the Upper Arlington area, including Columbus and Grandview Heights.