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. Dental Care Acworth is your source in Acworth, Woodstock and throughout Cobb County for top quality dental care.
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.
Scaling and Root Planing
If periodontal disease has caused the gums to recede, it is important to fight both the infection and promote gum tissue healing. 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.
Periodontal disease affects over fifty percent of adults over thirty, and it is the leading cause of tooth loss. It can also increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, contact Dental Care Acworth today. We can help treat and reverse periodontal disease to protect your oral and overall health.