The gum tissue surrounding your teeth is vital for maintaining good oral and overall health. When bacteria attack this tissue, it can lead to gum disease that can jeopardize your oral health and put you at risk for serious systemic health problems. We provide professional treatment for gum disease in Atlanta, GA, to help restore and maintain your health and wellness.
Treatment Of Gum Disease
Gum disease starts with the accumulation of bacteria and plaque around the teeth. Food particles stuck in between teeth or in crevices can attract bacteria that form plaque which can harden into tartar. When gum disease is in the early stages, it is referred to as gingivitis. Symptoms include red or swollen gums, bleeding when brushing and gum tenderness. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings can catch gum disease in the early stages when it is easiest to treat and reverse it. When gingivitis is present, our dental team can recommend an effective treatment plan to get it under control. This may include deep cleanings, medicated mouthwash and other treatments to stop the infection to allow the gum tissue to heal.
Your gums are an important part of your oral and overall health. When bacteria attack the gum tissue, it can lead to periodontal, or gum disease, that can cause tooth loss and put you at risk for serious health conditions. Periodontal therapy addresses gum disease and stops this progressive infection of the gum tissue, protecting your smile and overall health.
Gum Infection Treatment
Periodontal disease starts in low level stages like gingivitis, and it progresses over time to more severe gum tissue infection. Treatment depends on the stage of gum disease. When infection first takes hold, it is easier to treat and restore gum tissue health. Early stages can be treated with deeper, more frequent teeth cleanings, home treatments of medicated mouthwash and other options. When gum disease is allowed to progress, scaling and root planing may be needed for treatment or even surgery in severe cases.
Scaling & Root Planing
One treatment option for gum disease is scaling and root planing. This technique removes tartar from the tooth’s roots with scaling. Then, planing is used to smooth the root surface. When the infection is treated, the gums can begin to heal and reattach to the roots after the tartar is completely removed below the gum line. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, contact our office today!
Are you embarrassed due to chronic bad breath? Everyone has bad breath occasionally, but when it becomes a daily occurrence, you may have halitosis. With halitosis, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash or breath mints do not stop the bad odor. You need professional treatment to get to the source of the halitosis. Often, the cause of recurring bad breath is decay within your mouth, caused by gum disease infection of the gums or infection of the teeth.
Treatment for Bad Breath
The first step in treating bad breath is scheduling a checkup and cleaning at our office. Our hygienist will professionally clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar. If gum disease is present, a treatment plan can be put in place to stop the infection to protect your oral health and possibly reduce the occurrence of bad breath. In addition, your checkup can uncover dental issues that may be causing halitosis. If your gums and teeth are healthy, our dentist will discuss other options for treating your bad breath. If you have chronic bad breath, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a checkup and cleaning.