Gum disease is an inflammation of your gum line. If left untreated, it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also be experiencing receding gums or persistent bad breath.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to rush support to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, your body’s response is different. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, Instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away, resulting in gum recession.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Freeman or Dr. Samela how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Freeman Dental Associates at our Hanson dental office.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Freeman and Dr. Samela offer a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Freeman Dental Associates every six months for your routine cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth’s surface.
However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure our Hanson dental team performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients who are concerned about gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Root surface debridement (RSD) refers to a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Freeman and Dr. Samela use root surface debridement to remove these deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Are you Worried About Gum Disease?
Are you experiencing inflammation or pain along your gum line? Has it been years since you’ve visited the dentist? Call Freeman Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Freeman or Dr. Samela and start the process of creating your healthiest smile at our Hanson dental office!
For patients who would like a straighter smile, we offer Invisalign braces to our adult and teenage dental patients in our Hanson, MA dental office.