Most people think of cavities as the biggest threat to their smile. Yet the leading cause of tooth loss among adults is actually gum disease. It’s also shockingly common. According to the CDC, half of American adults have some form of it. We include a screening for gum disease in every dental exam. If our dentists find signs of it, they use nonsurgical gum disease treatment in Westerville to restore your gums to health.
We use a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing that:
- Removes plaque, bacteria, and other destructive substances from your teeth and roots
- Smoothes your tooth roots to help your gums heal
- Lessens the risk of bone and tooth loss
- Eliminates bad breath, bleeding gums, and other unpleasant symptoms
Stop Gum Disease in Its Early Stages
In the earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may experience symptoms like bad breath and tender gums. However, there is no bone loss or irreversible tissue damage at this point. A standard dental cleaning may be enough to eliminate the disease.
In the later stage, called periodontitis, gums pull away from teeth, creating “pockets” where bacteria accumulates. As your body fights the bacteria, it can break down the bone and tissue that keep your teeth in place. Our dentists will remove bacteria and other problematic substances from above and below your gumline to prevent this from happening. We use a laser for this process so you’ll experience minimal discomfort and a fast recovery.
To catch it in the early stage, we look for signs of gum disease in every exam, including:
- Swollen gums
- Pocket depth
- Teeth sensitivity
- Changes in tooth alignment
No Need to Worry About Discomfort During Treatment
We will thoroughly numb your mouth with local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing during your deep cleaning procedure. However, if you’re nervous or concerned about discomfort, ask us about oral sedation. We can give you a safe prescription medication that will deeply relax you and keep you that way throughout your treatment.
If you think you need nonsurgical gum disease treatment in Westerville, call our office at 614-392-7109.