If you’ve ever worried about gum disease, you’re probably concerned about the long-term effects: what if you lose teeth, or your gums are bleeding and red? Will it hurt? If left untreated, gum disease can be devastating to your oral health and your teeth, but it is surprisingly easy to treat. Not only that, but repairing the damage caused by gum disease is often simple as well with Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment!
What Is Gum Disease?
Plaque: it’s a part of life. Throughout the day you might notice a sticky substance building up on your teeth, or a white material at the edge of your gumline. That’s plaque, and it contains countless bacteria that love to feed on the same foods you do. When they feed they produce an acid that slowly eats away at your enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay and cavities.
Plaque acids can also irritate and damage your gums, which can be made worse when plaque finds its way beneath your gumline. Hidden from your toothbrush, plaque bacteria can flourish and cause damage that you aren’t even able to see. For many patients, this is why gum disease can go without symptoms for so long.
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is also the most easily reversible. Symptoms include:
- swollen or red gums
- bleeding when brushing your teeth
- gum recession
- a persistent bad taste in your mouth and/or bad breath
As gingivitis advances into later stage gum disease, these symptoms can become more severe. Bleeding can occur easier, you may have visible infections in your gums, and teeth can loosen and fall out. While this stage of gum disease can still be treated, it will often result in the need for dental restorations.
Treating Gum Disease
At Northalsted Dental Spa, we treat gum disease in the most effective way possible: with root planing and scaling. This specialized technique is similar to a regular dental cleaning but goes deeper to hit gingivitis and gum disease where they hide from view.
Using special tools, we’ll get below the gumline and remove any plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that has accumulated. We’ll also clean out any pockets that have formed below the gumline in order to encourage a good, healthy recovery. Root planing and scaling is usually enough to treat gum disease, and you can generally expect great results with little to no pain during or after treatment! We can also use dental lasers to reshape your gums once you’re healed. These high-tech, precision instruments enable us to instantly perfect your gumline without ever making an incision!
If you are concerned about gum disease treatment in Chicago, IL, gum disease or gingivitis, don’t wait until it gets worse! Call our office today at 773-245-2779 or schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you!