Gum disease, if left untreated, can result in the need to have dental surgery or tooth extraction. That’s why it is important to have regular dental checkups, where your gums will be examined for any sign of problems, and tartar buildup is removed..
Your gums, ligaments, and bone around your teeth form the foundation for your teeth. All of these structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may include one or more of the following:
- Gums that are red and bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are pulled away from the tooth (receding gums)
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the position or bite of the teeth.
If you are experiencing any of these signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with us right away. The sooner we see you, the better for your teeth.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Towson Dental is experienced with non-surgical gum disease treatment to help your gums heal and stay healthy. Gum disease treatment usually involves a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents.
Scaling means scraping off tartar above and below the gum line. Root planing helps get rid of rough spots on the tooth root where germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Medications recommended may include a prescription antimicrobial mouth rinse, an antibiotic gel, oral antibiotics and more.
With a little luck and good dental hygiene, non-surgical gum disease treatment may be all you need to get back on the road to a healthy smile. If inflammation and deep pockets remain after non-surgical treatment, the dentist may recommend further treatment be performed by a periodontist. If this is the case, we can offer you a referral.
Call the Towson Dental office at 410-339-5858 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the form. We’re always accepting new patients! We’re conveniently located on Osler Drive near Towson University and The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.