Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Diagnosis
Early signs of gum disease include redness, swelling, or inflammation around the gum line. If these warning signs appear, we will check for hardened plaque, also known as tartar or calculus, below the gum line to determine if gum disease treatment is necessary. Finally, Dr. Ernest Mantini or Dr. Rocco Mantini may use a tool called a probe to test gums for bleeding and measure periodontal pockets. When gums are unhealthy, they pull away from the teeth, forming these pockets. If the periodontal pockets are deeper than 3mm, periodontal disease is confirmed. Schedule a personalized gum disease evaluation at Ernest J. Mantini, DMD & Rocco M. Mantini, DMD to see if treatment is right for you.
Treatments for Gum Disease
Deep cleaning can effectively control and reverse gum disease by removing the germs that lead to infection. This deep cleaning involves techniques called scaling and root planing. Scaling involves scraping away plaque and tarter from above and below the gum line. Planing involves smoothing out rough surfaces of teeth which can foster the bacteria growth that leads to infection. Left with clean, smooth teeth, patients will notice reduced redness and inflammation as the gum is better able to attach to the tooth enamel. Dentists may prescribe antibiotics or mouth rinses to kill any remaining bacteria after scaling and planing procedures are performed.
Periodontal disease is marked by the breakdown of structures that surround, secure, and support the teeth. These structures include the jawbones, gums, and fibers which anchor the teeth to the gums. Periodontal disease is usually a result of untreated plaque buildup, and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. However, regular checkups and a strong home care regimen easily prevent periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease, when only the soft tissues of the mouth are affected. Plaque buildup leads to tartar and bacteria below the gumline, which leads to inflamed, irritated, or bleeding gums. The good news is, gingivitis is reversible. A good professional cleaning, followed by regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, restores gums to good health by removing plaque and bacteria.
Schedule A Complimentary Gum Disease Treatment Consult Today!
Contact our dental team at Ernest J. Mantini, DMD & Rocco M. Mantini, DMD today at (814) 479-4525 (Davidsville) or (814) 536-4804 (Johnstown) to schedule a personalized dental consult to see if gum disease treatment is right for you. We treat patients for gum disease from Davidsville, Johnstown, Somerset, Ebensburg, Portage, PA and many surrounding areas.
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