Strong, healthy teeth are an important part of healthy living in general. It might not seem like your teeth could have a huge impact on your overall well-being and quality of life, but they are incredibly important factors. Committing yourself to maintaining excellent oral health might not always be the easiest thing to do, however, especially if you do end up with a persistent disorder that requires regular attention.
At Bisson Dentistry, we understand that your oral health is important. We also understand that living your life is equally as important, and to that end, we are proud to offer a variety of services and treatment options for things like gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a chronic disorder that affects your oral health. Also known as periodontal disease, the term “gum disease” is perhaps a bit unclear when it comes to the potential consequences of developing the disease. While periodontal disease does affect your gums, you should know that developing periodontal disease can potentially lead to lost teeth if action is not taken to correct the situation as quickly as possible.
Gum disease has a few different stages. The first is known as gingivitis, and it causes inflamed and painful gums. If these symptoms are not heeded, then the disease progresses into full-blown periodontal disease. At this point, the infection that is likely raging beneath the gum line of the patient can cause bone as well as tissue loss and can lead directly to the rather extreme situation of needing to have a tooth extracted.
To help avoid that kind of extreme consequence, there are various treatment options that can help a patient regain good oral health.
What is gum disease therapy?
As mentioned above, there are a few options to keep in mind when it comes to gum disease therapy. One of the first options that you are likely to go through is something known as scaling and root planing. This treatment involves one of our dental hygienists or dentists removing tartar and plaque from your root surfaces and teeth. In turn, this allows your gums to reattach themselves to the newly cleaned teeth. This alone can be incredibly effective when it comes to gaining some control over gum disease and getting the journey to better health started. After the scaling and root planing is completed, you will come back in and visit us a few weeks after the treatment date so that we can evaluate your teeth and your tissue, and determine whether or not you need more treatment.
Other potential treatment options when it comes to gum disease therapy include:
Of course, one of the most important options available when it comes to maintaining good oral health is to regularly visit one of our dentists, and this is especially true for those who have suffered from periodontal disease.
For more information about gum disease therapy, contact Bisson Dentistry today at (226) 706-8851 and speak with one of our professionals!