Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the result of plaque and bacteria building up in your mouth and causing infections in your gums around your teeth. If your gums are not healthy, you are at risk of losing your teeth. If you believe you are developing periodontal disease, we can help. Dr. Hawkins can help you to identify the early signs of the problem (including bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and more). If the disease has progressed, you may require periodontal therapy. If this is the case, we offer various treatment options, each with different benefits.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
The goal of this therapy is to repair and restore gum tissue that has become damaged from periodontal disease. Since the condition may spread from the gums to the surrounding bone, it is essential to act quickly. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may require surgical or non-surgical treatments. At our office, we are able to perform the non-surgical methods which will heal your gums depending on the disease’s progression.
What Are the Non-Surgical Treatments for Periodontal Disease?
Antibiotics: If you have an infection below the gum line, Dr. Hawkins may use topical or oral antibiotics to eliminate it.
Scaling and Root Planing: These two procedures are essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. During scaling, Dr. Hawkins will remove all plaque and tartar around and from the bottom of any pockets that have formed in your gums. With root planing, he will smooth the roots of your teeth so bacteria can’t build up and your gums will be able to reattach to your teeth easier
What Are the Other Benefits of Periodontal Therapy?
Plaque and Tartar Removal: When plaque and tartar accumulate above and below your gums, it can create a less-appealing smile, as well as gum disease. Dr. Hawkins will eliminate these materials, so you have a fresh start, and your gums will have the opportunity to heal.
Better Breath: When you have gum disease, bacteria build up along your gums and can create a bad taste and smell in your mouth. After you undergo periodontal therapy, that bad breath and taste should go away.
A Great Smile: When you have healthy teeth, you will be more likely to show off your pearly whites. This can increase your confidence and self-esteem.
If you suspect you have or are developing gum disease, contact Hawkins Dentistry for an appointment. With periodontal therapy, you will be able to have clean and healthy teeth and gums. Don’t let periodontal disease progress, schedule an appointment today!