Treating gum disease promptly and effectively is important. Leaving gum disease untreated often leads to additional complex dental concerns, including tooth loss. Our Sylvania Township, OH dentist office offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all stages of gum disease and can help you restore your oral health with appropriate periodontal therapy.
At Hires Dental Care, a periodontal screening is part of your routine dental care, enabling our staff to spot developing disease as early as possible for more conservative treatment. Our personalized approach to your care also helps to identify specific risk factors that you may have for gum disease so that we can make recommendations for keeping your gums healthy between visits.
Stages of Gum Disease
There are two key stages of gum disease, each of which can have a progression of symptoms. Typically, patients do not realize they have gum disease until the later stages, when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated. This is why it’s crucial to have one of our Sylvania Township, OH dentists perform a thorough exam for gum disease.
Gingivitis: early gum disease that is typically characterized by red, swollen or irritated gums that may bleed when brushing. Gingivitis can usually be treated conservatively with success to avoid further infection and damage.
Periodontitis: advanced gum disease can have complex symptoms including receding gums and loose teeth. Depending on the extent of damage or loss of tissue, we may recommend seeing a local periodontist to restore gum health.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease treatment is focused on removing harmful bacteria from the gums, often in the form of plaque and tartar. Periodontal therapy also addresses any damage that may have occurred due to advanced gum disease. Your treatment will be tailored to your needs with the goal of restoring health and function to prevent future infection. Hires Dental Care, a Sylvania Township, OH cosmetic dentistry office, will evaluate your gums to identify the stage of disease and provide an individualized treatment plan for your smile.
Preventive Care & Anti-Bacterial Rinse: If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis then one to two regular teeth cleanings will be recommended. One of our dentists may also recommend improved at home oral hygiene and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
Scaling & Root Planning: If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) is recommended. This treatment method is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, one of our dentists will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Gum Surgery: If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. We may also recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re searching for a dentist that treats gum disease in the Perrysburg, OH, Sylvania Township, OH and Toledo, OH areas, schedule an appointment with Hires Dental Care. Dr. Hires and his associates offer many treatments to help you heal and prevent all stages of gum disease.