Gum disease gets its start when improper care is taken in cleaning your teeth and bacteria begins to form on your teeth and gums. In its initial stages, it is known as gingivitis, which can be identified by bleeding, sensitive gums. If gingivitis is allowed to progress into full-blown gum disease, it can lead to receding gums and loss of bone surrounding the teeth, and the loss of the teeth themselves. Call our Salem, OR dental practice for gum disease treatment today.
For us, as far as the non-surgical gum disease treatment, we have scaling and root planning, which is essentially a deeper cleaning under anesthetic. The treatment in our office is usually accomplished as long as the bone levels are no greater than eight millimeters below the level of the gums. If you're below that, we will send you over to a periodontal specialist, gum specialist, and have them evaluate you, just in case they see something that might need a surgical intervention.
For us, you'll basically just be seeing the hygienist. She will get you numb if you want, you don't have to be numb. Most patients like it. Most patients prefer it that way because it is a sensitive treatment, and we will do the treatment in areas, quadrants or fourths of your mouth. Some patients will like to do half and half and it's about an a hour and a half appointment if you do it that way. Otherwise, it's an hour per area. However you want to break it up, that's really what we offer.
We have dental laser at the office, and that laser can be used to get any extra bacteria that might be down there. The hygienist may or may not, they kind of decide as they're doing the treatment if it's necessary. And then after that's done, we like to see you back about eight weeks, six to eight weeks after the treatment to kind of re-check everything, see how the gum's healed up, see after everything shrinks up, did we miss a piece of calculus? And if we did, at that appointment, we'll go ahead and remove it. We just want to make sure everything is done and complete and you're as healthy as you can be after that treatment.
Scaling & Root Planing At Oregon Smile Care Center
The most common and effective way to deeply clean your teeth when you’ve been stricken with gum disease is root scaling and planing. This dental treatment will be done in-house and consists of deeply cleaning the roots of the teeth. While its main goal is to stave off an infection of the roots, it also thoroughly cleans in between the teeth and the gums and rids the area of all plaque and tartar.
This procedure is painless because you will be under localized anesthesia while we are deeply cleaning your teeth. This dental treatment is only used when your gum disease has progressed beyond the point of normal cleaning techniques. It will fully reverse the grip that gum disease has on your oral health. At Oregon Smile Care Center, we care about your oral health, and it will show through our gum disease treatments!
Invisalign: Straightening Your Teeth And Fighting Gum Disease
Something that we have found at Oregon Smile Care Center is that our Invisalign patients have not only had straighter teeth, but their gums have been cleaner. The gradual straightening of teeth helps reduce swelling of the gums, while correcting crowded teeth helps eliminate bacteria buildup between those tight spaces. Why not straighten your teeth while you are preventing or fighting gum disease at Oregon Smile Care Center? We want to help you kick your gum disease at Oregon Smile Care Center.
To inquire about our nonsurgical gum disease treatments at Oregon Smile Care Center or to make your appointment, contact us by calling (503) 837-2718, or you can use our online contact form. We care about you, Salem, OR.