Why Gum Treatments?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, starts from plaque build-up on the teeth. The harmful bacteria in plaque irritate the gums, causing gum infections, redness, swelling, and bleeding when brushing, flossing, or chewing. If left untreated, bone loss, receding gums, and tooth loss from the active bacterial infection can happen.
There is a strong connection between gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, low birth weight, and premature birth. You can lower your risk of severe medical conditions by maintaining healthy gums and teeth with good oral hygiene.
What to Expect
Our doctors, dental hygienists, and periodontists in Mansfield, MA work together to identify and treat gum disease early to help patients keep and maintain healthy teeth.
Before starting a gum treatment, you should identify which stage of gum disease you are in. Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist at Dynamic Dental will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate gum disease treatment.
Periodontal therapy is a “deep cleaning” that targets the area above and below your gum line, where flossing and brushing cannot reach. Our qualified dental hygienists and dentists will remove the plaque, calculus (tartar), and bacteria hiding below the gum line and on the surface of the teeth.
Gum treatment can be lifesaving. By eliminating the bacteria, the swelling of your gums will decrease. Most, if not all, bleeding will stop, and the gum tissue will reattach to the teeth, preventing further bone and tooth loss.
After your visit, you may experience some soreness. Taking a pain reliever and drinking plenty of fluids can help with this.
Your First Visit
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Professional dental cleaning – removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
- Scaling and root planing – under local anesthetic, plaque, and tartar are removed and scraped away (scaling), and teeth that have rough spots are smoothed (planing).
Typically, scaling and planing will treat gum disease. However, surgical treatment is needed when unhealthy tissue around the teeth cannot be restored without surgery.
- Flap surgery/pocket reduction
- Bone grafts
- Soft tissue grafts
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Bone surgery
- Tobacco use
- Poor dental hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Certain medications, including steroids, oral contraceptives, or blood pressure medication
- HIV infection