Gum Disease Therapy in Beachwood, OH
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support teeth. It usually starts early in life, then progresses as a person ages. It all begins when plaque hardens into tartar below the gum line. This irritates vulnerable soft tissue and infection can set in. Symptoms are so mild in the early phase of the condition that many patients don't recognize that anything’s wrong. These signs include red, tender, swollen gums and bleeding that occurs during brushing or flossing. As the condition progresses, gums recede from the teeth and pockets of bacteria form. The bacteria destroy gum tissue and bone causing tooth and bone loss.
Is Gum Disease Curable?
We can detect early warning signs of gum disease at your regular general dentistry checkups. At this stage, prevention might be as simple as changing your brushing technique, improving your flossing routine, or using different products for oral care at home.
Once gum disease sets in, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including:
- Scaling – to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing – to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
- Antibiotic Therapy – to battle infection
- Laser Treatment – to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
If you’re currently at this stage, expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so that a dentist or hygienist can monitor your condition and make sure that your recovery is on track.
What Is Soft-Tissue Laser Treatment?
Combined with comprehensive periodontal therapy, a diode laser for soft tissue procedures can remove and reduce some periodontal infection. This type of treatment also promotes the reattachment of gum tissue to teeth. Laser dentistry is precise and conservative in comparison to traditional therapies. Some patients don’t even need anesthesia during laser therapy.
Please contact The Center for Advanced Dentistry today to schedule your gum disease therapy appointment. Dr. Hornstein sees patients from Beachwood, Cleveland, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, and nearby Ohio cities.