Periodontal therapy, or the treatment of gum disease, can be a great non-invasive treatment for patients. There are multiple causes and symptoms of gum disease to look out for. If you notice any signs of gum disease, it is important to schedule a consultation with our team at Payette Dental.
Causes of Gum Disease
There are several common causes of gum disease:
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Improper oral hygiene
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are multiple symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
Dr. Brock Hyder will assess your teeth and gums to determine if you have gingivitis, swelling gums, or periodontitis, gum disease. If you have periodontitis, Dr. Hyder will perform a deep tooth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your gums. Anti-bacterial rinses and antibiotics may also be recommended by Dr. Hyder following the procedure.
If you have chronic gum disease or a condition like diabetes that comes with unique dental concerns, our team will work with you to personalize your care further. Routine checkups and dental care can be vital to ensuring the health of teeth and gums.
Schedule an Appointment
Have you noticed the symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis? Call our office to schedule an appointment at 208.243.9807. Our professional team will be happy to help you with any dental concerns you may have.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
What does periodontal therapy involve?
The method of periodontal therapy depends on how severe the case of gum disease is. If it’s very early, antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthwash may be used.
Typically, though, we use a technique called scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning process that cleans out pockets in the gums and smooths out the tooth roots so the tissue can attach to the teeth again. More severe cases may be referred to an oral surgeon for gum grafts and further treatment.
Is periodontal treatment painful?
As with other problems, the earlier gum disease is caught, the less invasive the treatment options will be. Patients very rarely report pain and we do everything available to make them more comfortable. However, you may notice a little discomfort during the deep cleaning process.
Is periodontal therapy necessary?
Even if you have the early stages of gum disease, it’s something that doesn’t go away on its own. You do need to see a professional to take care of periodontal problems. It’s also advised to see us sooner rather than later to get lesser invasive treatment.