Gum Disease & Gingivitis Treatment
Our friendly Albuquerque dentists care about your oral health and how it affects your well-being. We want you to be proud of your smile!
When you are diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease, you might have already noticed a redness or swelling in some parts of your gums that has left you uncomfortable about your smile. If left untreated, the disease can spread and cause problems for the rest of your mouth, including tooth loss. Catching and treating gum disease early, especially in the gingivitis stage, is important to your oral health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the bacterial infection of gum tissue. When your gums are in the gingivitis stage, the condition can be cured by careful brushing and flossing. If the bacterial infection is not arrested, however, gum disease will progress. In advanced stages of the disease, gum tissue may become necrotic and unable to secure teeth in place, making tooth loss more likely.
What Treatment is Available for Gum Disease?
Good at-home dental hygiene and teeth cleaning in our office is the best way to ensure a cure for gingivitis stage. If the condition has reached the moderate or advanced stage, we can perform non-surgical periodontal therapy.
Our dentists will advise you on your options so you can make an educated decision about your oral health. When it is decided that non-surgical periodontal therapy is the best way to get your oral health back on track, we will perform scaling and root planing.
After this treatment, periodontal disease can be managed with careful brushing and flossing and regular visits to our office for cleanings. If gum disease continues to progress, a more invasive procedure, such as periodontal surgery, may be required.
As your Albuquerque general dentists, we will always advise you to take the most effective course of action to improve your oral health. Our Albuquerque dentists are skilled at less invasive ways to remove the trapped plaque and tartar from your gums. Contact us today for an expert opinion.