Dr. James White and his team offer gum disease treatment in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is characterized by bacteria and plaque buildup. Periodontal therapy is a restorative treatment that removes infection and can revitalize your gum and tooth health. Learn more about gum disease and its treatment below:
What is Gum Disease?
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is characterized by gums that become red, swollen or may bleed when brushing teeth. When caught early, gingivitis may be easily treated and resolved. Visit our dental office twice a year to ensure your teeth are clean and avoid gum disease from progressing. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is characterized by more noticeable changes such as loose teeth or gum pockets. Periodontitis slowly deteriorates gum tissue.
There are multiple risk factors of developing gum disease to take into account:
- Genetic predisposition to chronic gum disease
- Medical conditions that affect gum health
- Prescribed medications that can cause dry mouth
- Lifestyle habits such as smoking or tobacco use
Patients with these conditions are more likely to develop periodontitis than other patients. If you have any of these risk factors and have noticed gum problems, call 702- 213-7220.
Periodontal Therapy Treatments
Antibiotics can help remove bacteria that cause infection, but when an infection is severe they may not be enough. Dr. White may perform gum treatments to remove infection or refer you to a local specialist. Scaling and root planing are often used in tandem to help clean gums and treat gum inflammation. Scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth. Gum graft surgery takes tissue from another part of the mouth to cover tooth roots. In the later stages of periodontitis, tooth loss can be prevented with gum grafting. Lastly, deep gum pockets may be addressed with flap surgery. During this surgery, the gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them.
Request a Consultation
Is infection negatively impacting your oral health? Call 702- 213-7220 or schedule an appointment with Dr. White and his dental specialists today.