It is more difficult to smile when the gums or “gingiva” begin to change color, swell and recede exposing longer less esthetic teeth. Gum disease is asymptomatic and as a consequence, many people are unaware they have a gum infection that is leading to loss of bone and teeth. Though gum disease can inflict irreversible damage, gum disease treatment from an experienced periodontist in Bloomfield Hills, MI can help restore your smile. Take a look at how gum disease treatment can help rebuild your smile.
Scaling and Root Planing
The film on teeth known as plaque eventually harden onto roots to form calculus under the gum reducing the efficacy of brushing and flossing. At this stage, a more involved teeth cleaning procedure is necessary to carefully remove the hardened plaque, the trigger for gum disease initiation. Left untreated, the bacterial plaque continues to cause bone loss and move even further down the root of the tooth. This creates bacterial pockets between the gum and tooth that leads to bone loss in these locations.
Scaling and root planing, also known as a “deep cleaning,” targets calculus built up below the gum line. During the procedure, this hardened plaque will be carefully removed from the roots of your teeth. Subsequently, the roots of your teeth will be smoothed over so that the gums reattach uniformly and the depth of your periodontal pockets are reduced. In more advanced cases, minor surgical procedures are required to reach bacteria that cannot be reached during a scaling and root planing appointment.
Laser Gum Therapy
Laser gum therapy is a minimally-invasive solution for addressing gum disease. During laser gum surgery, Dr. Anderson will use a dental laser to eradicate pathogenic bacteria to help preserve the healthy tissue. The discomfort from the procedure is minimal and often times sutures are not required after the procedure is complete. There are cases that are suitable to laser with debridement and also those that require laser use with a surgical approach. Dr. Lauren Anderson will tailor your therapy to effectively address the disease using the least invasive option available.
More on Gum Disease Treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI
Reserve time to talk with Dr. Lauren Anderson DDS, MS to learn more about your options for correcting your gum disease in Bloomfield Hills, MI by contacting Anderson Periodontal Wellness at (248) 480-4910.