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Gum Disease Treatment

Looking Out for Your Entire Smile

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Most people think that dentistry is solely focused on the health of the teeth, but that’s actually not true! The condition of your gums matters just as much when it comes to your oral health, as they provide both support and protection for your teeth. Without consistent oral hygiene, they can fall victim to an infection called gum disease, which is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in the country. At our practice, Dr. Eick and our team take gum disease very seriously, which is why much of our efforts are dedicated to finding and preventing the disease as quickly as possible.

Why Choose Dr. William Eick for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Dedicated gum screenings at every checkup
  • Deep cleanings designed to attack infection at the source
  • Kind, friendly, & highly-experienced team

Gum Disease 101

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Current research indicates that three out of four adults experience some level of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease can impact your oral health, resulting in tooth loss, gum and bone recession, and halitosis (bad breath). The condition often originates when a buildup of tartar at the gum lines irritates sensitive soft tissues. Mild symptoms include swelling, redness, and bleeding of the gums. Left untreated, gum disease can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, and other serious health problems.

The good news is, our hygienists can help you stop the progression of periodontal disease and get your dental health back on track. Flossing, brushing, and regular hygiene appointments are essential to staying on top of gum disease and preventing recurrence.

How We Treat Gum Disease

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In some cases, we recommend a deep cleaning. This involves removing hardened plaque (called tartar or calculus) from below the gum line with a procedure called scaling. The hygienist may also scale your teeth to reduce rough areas on teeth roots where plaque tends to build up. Our soft tissue laser can debride infected gum tissue, as well, with a minimally invasive technique. A topical antibiotic is sometimes administered to fight infection. We may also recommend PerioProtect, an effective, FDA-approved treatment for gum disease.

Come Get the Care You Need

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Don't wait any longer. If you have not seen the dentist in a while, or your gums look red and feel tender, please call our dental office today to schedule an appointment. Our gentle hygienists can evaluate you for gum disease and recommend effective therapy. From our Rocky River location, Dr. Eick and our team welcome residents of Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and the greater Cleveland area.