If you’ve noticed that your gums bleed easily and that you have unpleasant breath that never seems to go away, then you could be suffering from gum disease. Thankfully, there are solutions available to restore your oral health. The recovery process starts by visiting us at Advanced Dental Treatment Center to first be properly diagnosed and then treated so you can enjoy excellent oral health in the near future. In doing so, you’ll be able to prevent the further spread of the disease and avoid other serious issues like tooth loss, gum recession and inflammation throughout other parts of your body. To receive the care you need, contact our Greenfield office to schedule a visit today!
The first step to treating gum disease in Greenfield is to diagnose the problem, which typically happens when you visit for a semi-annual checkup and cleaning. At that time, we’ll carefully examine your mouth using visual and tactile methods. Therefore, if there are any signs of gum disease, like swelling, redness or any of the symptoms previously mentioned, we can develop a plan to swiftly address them and restore your oral health.
Also called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing is a two-step procedure. The purpose of the former is to remove the harmful bacteria that have accumulated under the gum line and around the roots of the teeth. The second part of the process is for your Greenfield dentist to smooth the root surface, which makes it harder for new bacteria to cling to the area. After we complete this part of the process, we’ll move ahead with eliminating any bacteria that linger.
Because bacteria are so resilient and proficient at hiding in tight spaces beneath the gums, called gum pockets, we’ll take further steps to ensure your oral health is sufficiently restored. To rid you of any more threats, we’ll administer a special medication called Arestin, that is applied directly to the gums. As it dissolves, it works its way beneath the gum line to kill any remaining bacteria.
Once you’re diagnosed with gum disease and treated, you’ll need to visit us more often than the usual six-month frequency. Instead, we recommend you visit every three to four months for periodontal maintenance. Working in conjunction with your normal oral hygiene regimen, which should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least two times a day, periodontal maintenance will help to ensure your gums remain strong and healthy.