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Gum Disease

Halt the Dangerous Progression of Gum Disease

Do You Have Tender Gums that Bleed Easily?

If you have noticed that your gums look red or swollen and bleed when you brush and floss, you may have gum disease. Though perhaps nothing more than a nuisance now, gum disease is actually very harmful to your oral and physical health. Your gums are tender and bleeding due to a bacterial infection. When plaque is left to harden into calculus on your teeth, it releases bacteria that infects your gum tissue, making them bleed easily and pull away from your teeth. You need professional treatment from a trained dentist to take care of this infection, as it is only the first stage of gum disease and will become progressively worse over time. In advanced stages, gum disease causes irreversible damage to the gums and bone, leaving teeth at risk of falling out. Gum disease has also been linked to many systemic conditions, including diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, and stroke.

At Bela Family Dentistry, we have an experienced team of general dentists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. Using time-tested techniques, we’ll help restore your gum and bone tissue to proper health and manage your gum disease, so it does not return in the future. We offer varying levels of gum disease treatment based on the severity of your case. Even if you need surgical treatment, your procedure will be comfortable with our personalized sedation options. If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms listed below, we recommend you schedule an appointment at one of our multiple office locations today!

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Watch for Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Dark “triangles” between teeth

Custom Periodontal Treatments

Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the first line of defense against gum disease. This procedure is non-surgical and is a deep cleaning of your teeth along and below your gumline. Scaling removes the plaque accumulation from the surface of the teeth. Root planing smooths the enamel on the roots to discourage plaque and bacteria from reattaching. This allows the gum tissue to heal and secure around the teeth to restore a protective barrier against future bacteria.
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Osseous Surgery
Advanced cases of gum disease need surgical intervention to save your teeth and to restore health to your gum tissue and bone. Osseous surgery involves trimming away diseased gum tissue, reshaping bone or restoring it through bone grafting, and clearing the teeth and deep pockets around them of calculus and bacteria. This effective elimination of disease helps the gum tissue reattach to the teeth, reducing pocket depth and protecting the hard tissues from bacteria.
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Periodontal Maintenance
Gum disease that’s been treated with either scaling and root planing or osseous surgery can return without proper routine care. Periodontal maintenance provides a deeper, more personalized cleaning every 3-4 months with the purpose of not letting gum disease come back. You’ll swap these out for twice-yearly cleanings to maintain proper health of your gums, bone, and teeth.
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Don’t let gum disease harm your smile.

Schedule your appointment now.