More teeth are lost because of gum problems than because of tooth decay, so it is important to take care of your gums. Most adults have some degree of gum disease.
Gum disease is painless, and many people are unaware that they have it until the condition has worsened. As it progresses, the bone, which anchors the teeth in the jaw, is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out or have to be taken out because of pain.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Constant bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Traditional & Laser Gum Treatments
At Appleby Dental Professionals, we want to help you avoid gum disease and if you have it we want to help treat your dental discomfort with a thorough gum treatment plan. We begin by controlling the infection using a non-invasive method called scaling and root planning. This means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. We can also use a soft-tissue diode laser to remove plaque and tartar. This Gum Treatments can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.