If gingivitis is discovered early enough, it is easy to treat and keep under control. More commonly referred to as gum disease or early periodontal disease, the treatment for this oral condition is simply regular—thorough dental cleanings.
Our dental team wants to make sure you have a happy and healthy smile. If you have gingivitis, it is reversible if caught early on! Thorough dental cleanings are necessary to treat gum disease. Some patients may require numbing to eliminate any discomfort. Periodontal maintenance and treatment typically involve prophylaxis (deep cleaning) or routine six-month cleanings along with an at-home oral care routine.
However, when gum disease is left undetected or untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. This advanced stage is no longer a reversible condition. At Schön Dental in Springfield, IL we use scaling and root planing to aggressively treat periodontal disease. This deep cleaning procedure requires the use of an anesthetic to numb the treatment areas and remove all the plaque, tartar, and toxins stored in the gum pockets. During the procedure, uneven areas on teeth surfaces are smoothed out, eliminating spots for bacteria to hide. In severe cases, periodontal surgery may be the best solution.
Periodontal maintenance is important and necessary for patients who have been treated for advanced gum disease. It is not curable, but periodontal disease can be controlled. The goal of a maintenance treatment is to keep the gum pockets as clean as possible so that bacteria does not get the chance to reseed, and accumulate plaque, tartar, and toxins. If these culprits are left to thrive once again, you will be back where started! Since disease pockets are now deeper, vigilant cleanings are crucial; routine dental cleanings are not aggressive enough. Periodontal maintenance is typically performed on a 3 month schedule by the skilled Springfield dentists at Schön Dental.
To prevent gingivitis or catch it in its early stages, regular dental checkups are vital. If you know you have gum disease, book an appointment for restorative gum disease treatment with our dental office today.