Restore Your Gum Health with Minimally Invasive Periodontal Treatments

Have you noticed changes in your gums, like swelling, tenderness, or bleeding? These are signs of gum disease, and you need to act quickly. Although the initial symptoms of periodontal disease are painless, ignoring the symptoms can put your oral health in jeopardy. Progressive gum disease can cause tooth loss! Plus, the earlier the infection is treated, the less costly and invasive your treatments are. 

Periodontal therapy in Burley, Idaho, can safely remove the harmful bacteria that cause gum infection. If you suspect gum disease, call Seasons Dental for periodontal care. We can’t wait to restore your teeth and gums. 

Understanding gum disease

Healthy gums don’t bleed and are snugly tucked to protect teeth from infections, injuries, and other external factors. Unfortunately, gums can be infected like teeth, especially when you slack in your oral hygiene. This infection is known as gum or periodontal disease. 

Gum disease has few symptoms at first, so paying close attention to your gums is important. If your gums look inflamed, change color from the usual healthy pink to an angry red, or give you pain, you could be experiencing the start of gum disease called gingivitis.

Many people think that bleeding while brushing or flossing is normal, but this is not the case. If bleeding occurs regularly when you brush or floss your teeth, that could be a sign that your gums aren’t as healthy as they should be. Lingering bad breath is another sign that something might be wrong.

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Gum disease can cause gingival recession and loose teeth that eventually fall out when left untreated. Even worse, unchecked gum infection has been linked with serious medical conditions. Some of these include heart disease and infection in various parts of the body from bacteria that seep into the bloodstream through damaged gums.

Treatment options for gum disease

Periodontal therapy refers to techniques used to restore health to the gum tissues that support teeth. The early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can be reversed with diligent oral hygiene and standard cleanings. However, moderate to severe infection may need the interventions below.

  • Deep teeth cleaning: This non-invasive treatment involves two procedures. Scaling cleans the root’s surface to remove built-in tartar and bad bacteria. Then, the dentist polishes the tooth roots using root planing so it’s harder for bacteria to hold on. 
  • Antibiotic therapy: Another non-invasive treatment that includes oral or topical medications to kill harmful bacteria. 

The above treatments are sufficient for most periodontal cases. However, where the infection has progressed to an advanced stage, we’ll recommend surgery or grafting services to replenish lost tissue. 

Gum disease treatment near me

If you suspect gum disease, don’t wait until it’s too late to treat the infection. Call Seasons Dental at (208) 679-1679 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Chad Bodily and Ty Bodily to restore your oral health.