Your gums are the foundation of your smile. Therefore, it is critical that your gums stay healthy and strong throughout all stages of life. If your gums become red, puffy or bleed easily, you may be experiencing the first signs of gum disease. It is important that you seek dental treatment for gum disease at its earliest stage so that you can avoid irreversible damage to your smile and consequences within your overall health. At Thousand Oaks Dentistry, we take pride in our ability to offer excellence in periodontal therapy. Our dentists are well-trained in the latest gum therapy techniques, allowing us to effectively treat mild and advanced gum disease here in our Sun Prairie office.
Gum Infection Treatment
Gum disease is essentially an infection within the soft tissues that support your teeth. In most cases, the infection begins when plaque is allowed to build up between your teeth and along the gum line. Plaque is a colorless, sticky substance that hardens into tartar over time. Unfortunately, plaque bacteria can create serious damage within your gums, causing inflammation and infection that must be promptly treated. Gum infections can progress to cause the gums to recede or pull away from the tooth root. This process can create deep pockets of tissue that harbor additional bacteria. At its most advanced stage, it can destroy underlying bone and cause the teeth to lose stability.
While most cases of mild gum disease, called gingivitis, can be reversed with more diligent brushing and flossing habits, advanced periodontitis may require a special “deep cleaning” procedure from your dentist.
Scaling and Root Planing
Thousand Oaks Dentistry proudly offers scaling and root planing as an effective means to treat and reverse mild to moderate gum disease. This is simply a special cleaning to eradicate harmful bacteria and plaque within the deep pockets of gum tissue. We will use a small scaler and ultrasonic cleaner to remove the harmful substances that are causing infection within the gums. Next, we will smooth or “plane” the roots of the teeth to prevent further plaque accumulation and encourage the gums to reattach and heal. It is a straightforward procedure that is performed with optimal patient comfort. Best of all, scaling and root planing offers remarkable results for those who are battling gum disease.
To learn more about our periodontal therapy options at Thousand Oaks Dentistry, please contact our office. We urge patients to seek treatment sooner rather than later when it comes to gum infection!