An important part of well-planned preventive dentistry includes gum care. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is one of the leading culprits in tooth loss. It can also lead to even worse conditions like chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Early treatment and care before matters progress will ward off those issues as well as aid in the prevention or elimination of foul breath, swollen or painful gums, gum recession, and loose teeth.
What are some of the non-surgical gum disease (periodontal) treatments offered at your practice?
Scaling and root planing gets to the surface of the root to rid the area of plaque and tartar that has reached deep down below the gum line. Bacteria and toxins are cleared away to prevent further damage. We may prescribe an antibiotic to deal with any lingering issues and to make sure all bacteria is eliminated effectively.
You may also be a good candidate for tray delivery systems. We’ll take an impression of your mouth for custom-fitted trays to be created. They will be filled with special medications designed to reach the cause of your gum disease and cure it without the need for surgery. It’s safe, effective, and far less invasive than traditional methods.
How do I know if I’m susceptible to getting gum disease?
You may not see any obvious signs at first. That is why preventive dental care at Dr. Bateson’s office is so important. When we work together to plan preventive strategies, you can save yourself from potential surgery down the road. If gum disease is spotted early on, treatment without surgery is a tremendous bonus. The dental work can be done comfortably with the aid of topical numbing products and local anesthetics. And when gum disease treatments are kept up with as suggested and scheduled, you can count on a healthy mouth that stays that way for a long time.