You can’t have healthy teeth without healthy gums! Gum disease is the most common cause of lost teeth in adults, so it’s important to get gum disease treatment in Rochester as soon as we identify it. If we detect gum disease during your dental exam, we’ll treat it with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Our treatment will:
- Restore your gumline’s healthy appearance
- Eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like gum tenderness and bleeding
- Potentially lower your risk of conditions linked to gum disease, like diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
- Keep you from suffering the deterioration of bone and tissue that can result in tooth loss
Treat Gum Disease Early to Prevent It From Getting Worse
If our dentists find gum disease, they’ll treat it with a two-part deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.
- Scaling removes plaque and tartar from the area below your gumline.
- Root planing gently smoothes the roots of your teeth, which enables your gums to more easily reattach to the teeth.
We’ll use local anesthesia to numb your mouth, but you can also receive dental sedation if you need it. This special cleaning usually stops gum disease from advancing from its early stage, called gingivitis, to a later and more dangerous stage called periodontitis. With gingivitis, your gums become tender and inflamed and may bleed when you brush your teeth. If plaque is not removed and gum disease progresses, the inner layer of your gums pulls away from your teeth and creates “pockets” where more bacteria can collect and cause infection. At this stage, the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place begins to break down.
For the most successful outcome, we want to treat the disease before it has a chance to get to the later stage and endanger your teeth. For cases that do not respond to scaling and root planing, we can refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.