The health of your teeth is closely related to the health of your gums. Gum disease, not decay, is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. That’s why we keep a close eye on the condition of your gums during general dental care visits like regular exams and cleanings. If we see any signs of disease, we offer effective gum disease treatment in Fort Smith.Doctor Bill Ligon on gum disease treatment Read Transcript
Gum disease starts from having a heavy buildup of calculus or tartar on your teeth. It migrates below the gumline. That causes bone loss. It causes gingival irritation, gum loss, as well as bone loss. If those toxins are removed from your tooth surface, from your root surface, it allows you ... We can stop that progression of periodontal disease and allow your teeth to allow your bone to grow back in, allow your gum tissue to get back to a level of health that it would be without all those toxins in there. Allows you to be able to keep your teeth as opposed to if it's left untreated, you continue with the bone loss, and the teeth eventually get to a point where they can even fall out on their own. But if you catch it early enough, it's a totally reversible situation. It's something that you have to stay on top of as far as either having three-, four-, or even six-month recall treatments to make sure that you're not regressing to where you were. Because the whole idea of having that periodontal scaling and root planing treatment done is that a person wants to keep their teeth, so you want to maintain that health after that.
Treating gum disease will:
- Keep your condition from advancing to a stage where gums can recede and cause you to lose teeth
- Eliminate unpleasant symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
- Make it more comfortable to brush and floss your teeth
- Lessen your risk of conditions linked to gum disease, including diabetes
- Keep your smile healthier and more attractive
Our Dental Laser Keeps Gum Treatment Comfortable
We treat gum disease with a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. We can make the process easier and more comfortable by using a dental laser. The procedure involves:
- Removing inflamed tissue, if necessary, to expose your tooth roots
- Eliminating the plaque, bacteria, and tartar that has built up below the gumline, causing infection
- Smoothing your tooth roots to make it less likely for bacteria to accumulate
Using a laser makes this treatment faster and more comfortable for you, while making it easier for us to target only diseased tissue. We’ll numb your mouth with local anesthesia, but you can also choose to receive dental sedation for added comfort.
Don’t Ignore Gum Disease Symptoms
Gum disease has a minimal impact on oral health if treated in its early stages. It becomes serious enough to cause tooth loss in its later stage, called periodontitis. So don’t ignore these symptoms:
- Gums that look more red than pink
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum tenderness
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
For gum disease treatment in Fort Smith, call Dallas Street Dental at 479-668-3109.