Gum disease or periodontal disease is caused by bacteria around the gums. If left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss. If you have symptoms of gum disease, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
At Danbury Dental Services, we are proud to provide high-quality periodontal services in Danbury, CT. This common condition is often known simply as gum disease and occurs when the gums become irritated by bacteria and plaque. The condition will become noticeable when the gums become slightly swollen and bleed during flossing and brushing. Although this may seem minor at first, it will likely become worse without treatment.
Over time, irritated gums begin to retract and pull away from the teeth created spaces known as periodontal pockets. These pockets can then become filled with further plaque and bacteria and then spread throughout the mouth more easily. Measuring the depths of these pockets helps us determine how far the condition has spread. The deeper the pockets, the more serious the condition. Eventually, the bacteria can reach the bone causing teeth to lose proper support.
Our expert team can treat different stages of gum disease. Our lineup of periodontal services includes:
When gum disease is caught in its earlier stages, scaling and root planing can put a stop to this condition and encourage healing. The scaling process involves cleaning out any plaque and tartar that is below the gum line. Next, the rough areas on the root surfaces are smoothed (planed) in order to help to prevent future buildups.
If gum disease has progressed beyond the point of treatment with scaling and root planing, a gingivectomy may be needed. This procedure involves cutting loose and diseased gum tissue. This will eliminate the periodontal pockets and should stop the condition from spreading.
Laser treatment can be used to remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from periodontal pockets by passing a laser light between gum and teeth. Lasers only seek out the infected tissue, which is darker than healthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue in place.
When bone is lost due to gum disease, bone grafting can be used to restore and regenerate bone. This can allow us to install dental implants at a later time. Bone grafts involve accessing the damaged structure and applying artificial bone material and special proteins.
The cost of treatment varies depending on your unique needs. At your consultation, we will provide all costs. We accept dental insurance, and we offer financing options.
Manage your gum disease with top-quality gum disease treatment from Danbury Dental Services. This serious condition warrants professional intervention. Give us a call today at 203-263-9199 to schedule an appointment.