Dr. Nicci Hurcomb on Gum Disease Treatment Read Transcript
If you end up having gum disease, or periodontal disease, or something in between, at your initial exam we do probing depths to see what kind of cleaning you need. Technically numbers. If you have threes and under, you're good to go for a regular cleaning. If you have some mixes of fours, fives, and sixes, and you've got a lot of bleeding, we're probably more leaning toward that deeper cleaning. We can definitely take care of that here in our office. If it's something where you've got some really big problems and you've got some sevens, eights, or nines, or something like that, then we send you to my specialist, a periodontist, who actually deals with specifically gum tissue issues. We'll make sure that you're getting taken care of right from the start.
Is there ever blood in your spit after brushing and flossing? You may have gum disease, or periodontal disease. If you think you could benefit from gum disease treatment, contact Tulip Tree Dental Care today schedule your gum disease treatment South Bend, IN area appointment!
Symptoms Of Gum Disease
Without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can build up in the mouth and infect the gums.
In its early stages, gum disease may not produce any symptoms. That’s why it is important to see us regularly for professional dental cleanings and dental exams. Contact our dental office if you begin experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
- Teeth that have become loose or are shifting
- Chronic bad breath
Gum Disease Treatment
At our office, we treat gum disease using nonsurgical deep dental cleaning methods called scaling and root planing. We will gently remove any buildup of plaque or bacteria from underneath your gums and around the roots of your teeth.
To ensure your comfort, we will numb the area before we begin. If you are nervous, we can also provide comfort items and dental sedation to help relieve your dental anxiety.
If your gum disease has progressed considerably, we may recommend seeing an oral surgeon for periodontal treatment.
The Importance Of Treating Gum Disease
Left untreated, gum disease can affect your oral health and beyond. Here are just a few things that can occur because of advanced gum disease:
- Pain in your gums
- Receding gums
- Jawbone deterioration causing teeth to loosen or even fall out completely
- Systemic problems in your body