Save Your Teeth with Gum Disease Treatment in Ballwin and St Louis, MO
While decay can threaten your teeth, more people lose teeth to gum disease than to cavities. It’s also pretty common; the CDC says more than half of adults have some form of it. That’s why we offer gum disease treatment in Ballwin or St Louis, MO. We look for signs of gum disease during every dental exam. If we find any, we’ll treat it with a special deep cleaning procedure.
Our dentists will:
- Use a laser to keep your treatment quick and comfortable
- Remove bacteria to return your gums to health
- Prevent the breakdown of bone that can result in tooth loss
- Eliminate embarrassing symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
We Treat Gum Disease with a Laser to Ensure Your Comfort
Gum disease starts with the formation of plaque, a sticky film filled with bacteria. If not removed, it creates “pockets” below the gumline where more bacteria collects. As the disease progresses, your body tries to get rid of the infection in your gums. As it does, it can destroy the tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.
If caught in the early stages, we can treat gum disease with scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment during which we remove bacteria below your gums and smooth your tooth roots to make it harder for bacteria to accumulate.
For more advanced cases of gum disease, we use a low-power laser for gentle LANAP treatment. Our laser allows us to remove your damaged gum tissue while not affecting healthy tissue. With no cutting or stitches, LANAP therapy is more comfortable than traditional gum surgery. You’ll heal faster too!
Thanks to our laser, most patients are comfortable and relaxed during our periodontal care treatment. However, if you’re nervous or worried about discomfort, you can receive local anesthesia and/or a mild sedative.
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis can include swelling, sensitivity and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized as irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The Gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage but at this stage the results are not reversible. Advanced Periodontitis is when the fiber and bones supporting the teeth are destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen; teeth may have to be removed depending on how advance the disease has become and if treatment are non-effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today