Gum disease is one of the most common yet potentially deadly oral diseases. Gum disease, or gingivitis, starts off with very few noticeable symptoms. Common early signs of gingivitis include chronic bad breath, inflammation, and gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing. These symptoms are caused when there is an excess of plaque accumulation below the gum line. However, a deep cleaning by your dentist and proper oral hygiene can effectively stop gingivitis.
In the event that gingivitis isn’t effectively treated, it develops into periodontitis, which breaks down the underlying tissues that keep your teeth in place. Your gum tissues will gradually recede and create pockets between teeth where bacteria can get trapped. Over time, your gums and bone tissues will break down, causing your teeth to fall out. Periodontitis is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Luckily, this doesn’t have to be you. If you are suffering from moderately serious gum disease, we can effectively treat it with non-surgical gum therapy. Non-surgical gum treatment employs non-surgical techniques to eliminate the harmful toxins that have accumulated above and below the gum line. These techniques include a deep cleaning which helps to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Other methods include scaling, which scrapes away bacteria from your gum tissues, and root planning which smoothes uneven areas on the root surface. These non-surgical gum therapy promote optimal healing of your gums.
Gum disease takes time to develop which means that multiple treatment sessions are needed to remove it. During these sessions, we will continue to check your gum tissues and ensure that your gums are healing properly. If additional surgery is needed, we can recommend a periodontist, a dentist who can surgically remove the diseased gum tissues.
Contact Smiles By The Sea, dentist in Belmar, at 732-681-2225 to learn more about non-surgical gum therapy. We offer a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for you and your family.