Gum Disease Treatment in Rocky River
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 build up 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.
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. Topical antibiotic is sometimes administered to fight infection.We may also recommend PerioProtect, an effective, FDA-approved treatment for gum disease.
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. Visit our patient library to learn more about periodontal therapy.