Gum Disease Treatment – Saratoga Springs, NY
Caring for the Foundation of Your Smile
If your gums bleed after you brush or floss, you might not think much of it at first. However, bleeding gums are a common sign that you have gum disease. If it isn’t treated in a timely manner, the bone and tissue supporting your teeth could deteriorate, causing them to fall out! Our dentists aim to stop gum disease before it progresses that far. Contact us today to learn more about gum disease treatment in our Saratoga Springs, NY dental office.
Why Choose Springs Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Serving Saratoga Springs Patients for 30+ Years
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available to Help You Relax
- Positive, Upbeat Dentists & Team
How Do I Know If I Need Gum Disease Treatment?
Practicing good oral hygiene and having routine dental cleanings and checkups can help you avoid gum disease. However, you can still get it regardless of your efforts.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swelling of the gums
- Receding gums
If you experience any of these signs, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. Our experts can help heal your symptoms and treat the root of the issue.
Scaling & Root Planing
If gum disease is caught early enough, improved oral hygiene can often prevent it from worsening. Advanced cases will need a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This process has two basic steps: removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums with an ultrasonic scaler and smoothing the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots. Bacteria are less likely to accumulate on smooth surfaces, so this procedure reduces your risk of reinfection.
As effective as scaling and root planing are, it can be difficult for even our advanced instruments to remove the infection completely. That’s why we often pair these treatments with a topical antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria we may have missed. Taking minutes to apply, it continues to work for days or weeks. The medicine dissolves and gradually spreads to the deepest pockets of your gums to target the hard-to-reach bacteria.
Do I Need Ongoing Gum Disease Treatment?
Many people experience a repeated infection of their gums due to periodontal disease and enlarged pockets around the teeth. If you continue to experience periodontal flare-ups, our dental team at Springs Dental provides periodontal maintenance. Ongoing treatment is important because the severity of damage caused by periodontal infection increases exponentially as it progresses.
You may also require a more diligent oral hygiene routine in addition to needing more frequently scheduled cleanings.