Gingivitis, or gum disease, is a common and very treatable condition. The gums, ligaments and bone around each tooth, called the periodontium, form the foundation for your teeth. Gum disease, the term used to refer to the periodontium when it is unhealthy, jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation threatens the stability of a house.
Symptoms of gum disease include: inflamed or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, gums pulling away from teeth, loose teeth and change in position or bite of teeth.
For many, non-surgical gum treatments can offer relief. Non-surgical treatment options include:
Professional cleaning: Our dentists and staff will remove plaque and tartar from around your gum line. Additional cleanings may be recommended if the plaque and tartar buildup is extensive or if you have signs of gum disease.
Scaling and root planing: Using a local anesthetic, we will scrape plaque and tartar away from your gum-line and then smooth over any rough spots in your teeth so that your teeth are bacteria-free and your gums have a smooth surface that allows them to reattach to your teeth. Local antibiotic agents may be used to supplement this process.
At the first sign of a problem, contact Patrick Toms DMD, so we can provide you relief and comfort before a problem worsens.