Periodontal (Gum Disease) Therapy

Gum Disease Therapy Portage Mi Dentist

Gum disease in the form of gingivitis can be reversed with proper oral hygiene. When it progresses past the early stages to periodontitis, however, it becomes a chronic, long-term condition that only our Portage, MI, dentist and staff can help you manage.

Fortunately, with gum disease therapy, we can help alleviate symptoms by thoroughly cleaning the pockets around teeth and preventing damage to surrounding bone.

Learn more about how we approach periodontal treatment, and gum disease as a whole, inside our Portage dental office below.

Scaling and Root Planing

A professional teeth cleaning from our dentist will take care of gum disease if it is caught early on. Once it has become more serious, however, a procedure called scaling and root planing may be needed.

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Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below the gumline that is used to treat later stages of gum disease. This procedure involves two parts and begins with scaling. Our dentist or hygienist will first remove all plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. It’s important that we clean down to the bottom of the pocket during this step.

Root planing then involves smoothing out your tooth roots in order to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planing may take multiple visits to our office and could require the aid of a local anesthetic.

After Care Post-Procedure

Scaling and root planing as a form of gum disease treatment can result in teeth sensitivity for a few days after the deep cleaning. Your gums are also likely to feel swollen and tender. Yet, there are ways you can ease discomfort and prevent infection.

Our dentist may prescribe you a pill or mouth rinse to help ward off any infection from forming. You may also have medication inserted directly into the pocket that was cleaned but this will be discussed with you beforehand.

Another appointment will be scheduled to see how your gums have healed and if your pockets have gotten any deeper. You may need additional treatment if they have.

Preventing Gum Disease

Avoid gum disease altogether by regularly practicing good oral hygiene. If you develop a habit of performing positive behaviors, your oral health will only improve.

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Make sure to practice good dental care at home by:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush
  • Floss in between teeth daily
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid tobacco use
  • Visit us every 6 months for a teeth cleaning

Make an Appointment

Don’t let gum disease progress and damage structures below the gum line. Our dentist in Portage, MI, is here to professionally clean teeth experiencing early stages of gum disease or perform a more in depth scaling and root planing procedure. Call Courtside Dental today at (269) 327-1011 to request an appointment or contact us online.