Gum disease can cause serious damage to your smile. However, most people aren’t aware that there are different stages of gum disease requiring varying levels of treatment. While severe gum disease might require surgical treatment, minor gum disease can easily be treated with non-surgical treatments restoring a healthy smile. At Optima Dental we can use minimally invasive procedures to help protect your teeth from the damage caused by gum disease.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During this phase of gum disease, it is still possible to return your gums to a healthy state with minimally invasive treatments. Gingivitis is caused by a buildup of plaque and food debris near the gumline. As bacteria collects, your gums will become inflamed and may bleed slightly when flossed or brushed. However, the gum disease hasn’t yet permanently damaged the supporting structure of the tooth or caused your gums to recede.
Non-Surgical Gingivitis Treatment Options
There are a few different procedures Dr. Houenou may use to treat early-stage gum disease and prevent it from further damaging your smile. Seeking treatment as soon as possible is key when preventing gum disease from progressing to more advanced stages that can’t be reserved. Some of the treatments our Lawrenceville dentist may use to treat your gingivitis include:
- Professional Cleaning: If caught early enough, a professional cleaning can help set you back on the right track to a healthy smile. Removing the plaque and tartar build-up from the surface and in between your teeth will help prevent damage to your gums. The surface of your teeth will also be smoothed to make it harder for bacteria to find places to cling to, which helps to prevent decay and gum disease.
- Root Planing and Scaling: Root planing and scaling involves a deep cleaning around and below the gum line to remove the build-up of plaque and food debris that can be hiding in the pockets along the gums. Once this harmful bacteria has been removed, your gums begin to heal, and with proper oral hygiene, you can maintain strong, healthy teeth.
- Antibiotics: In some cases, antibiotics can be used to help stop gum disease in its tracks and prevent it from progressing into more advanced stages that are harder to treat. These antibiotics can either be directly applied to the teeth or taken orally to help eliminate harmful bacteria. Antibacterial mouthwash may also be prescribed to help keep your gums healthy and stop plaque from building up.
Contact Optima Dental Today
Gum disease can cause permanent damage to your smile. However, if caught early it can be reversed and your smile can remain healthy. If you think you might be suffering from gum disease, Dr. Houenou can provide treatment to help get you on the road to a beautiful smile. Visit our Lawrenceville dentist today!