Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Ames, IA Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
Dentistry At Somerset in Ames, IA offers nonsurgical treatment for gum disease and in most cases we can get rid of the infection before surgery is needed. If you have any of the symptoms outlined below, call our office right away 515-268-0516.
Signs of Gum Disease:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tender or painful gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- A change in how your teeth fit together
Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease
When you come to our office after noticing symptoms of gum disease, we will diagnose your condition and see if you’re a candidate for Scaling and Root Planning. This is a method of gum disease treatment that essentially deep cleans your gums. One of our caring hygienists will remove tartar buildup from underneath your gums and off the roots of your teeth. If infection continues to thrive it can lead to jawbone decay and tooth loss.
Scaling and root planning is used as a first effort to resolving gum disease issues before any major damage has been done. We may also recommend at-home care and products that will help your healing. Our doctor will determine any next steps with regard to treatment, which will include how frequently you should be seen to stay ahead of any further infection or damage to your teeth.
The Best Solution is Prevention
Gum disease is a widespread disease that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. There are some things you can do to help prevent gum disease.
Below are some factors that could increase your risk of developing periodontitis:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tobacco use (can also lead to oral cancer)
- Certain medications
The most important thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss as directed by our doctor. That usually means twice and once per day, respectively. If you do this, you can help to prevent major episodes of gum or periodontal disease and possibly even larger issues such as tooth loss. Prevention is key to a happy, healthy smile for life.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health of your gums, please call us at 515-268-0516. We will be happy to assist you.