Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is serious and can be incredibly damaging to your oral health. At our Billings, MT dental office, we have the skill and equipment to effectively diagnose and treat your gum disease.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Our mouths are actually full of different kinds of bacteria. Some are natural and good for us, while others can be harmful to oral health. Periodontal disease is usually caused by the bacteria in our plaque stripping essential minerals from the surface of our teeth.
Effects of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can cause gum tissue to deteriorate or become inflamed. When the periodontal disease spreads past the gumline, it can even wear away at the jawbone. Without proper gum disease treatment, gum pockets rich in harmful bacteria will form and grow and cause tooth loss. Luckily, treatment options are available.
Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
A common gum disease treatment is pocket reduction surgery. This procedure attempts to control the spread and size of gum pockets so as to prevent the spreading of harmful bacteria. Luckily, if gum disease hasn’t progressed too far, there are often non-surgical options.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
For a less-invasive approach to periodontal disease, there are non-surgical therapy options such as scaling and root planing and tray delivery systems. Scaling and root planing is essentially a deep cleaning of the tooth root. This removes harmful plaque and other toxins from the tooth root and gum pocket areas. After a deep cleaning, surgical gum disease treatment may not be required.
Another non-surgical treatment option is to administer medication to the teeth via trays made from impressions of your teeth. Visit our office to determine which treatment option, surgical or non-surgical, is right for you, given the severity of your gum disease.
Excellent Care for Gum Disease
We do everything we can to effectively treat periodontal disease and provide consistent oral care that will keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent gum disease from ever settling in. Give us a call or visit our office to learn more about how our many therapy options can help you!