Many people have early signs of gum disease. If left untreated even early stage gingivitis, the most common simple form of gum disease can turn into a much more serious condition that can separate gums from teeth, cause bone and tooth loss and cause tooth restorations to fail. At Capehart family Dentistry our doctors provide treatments to prevent Bellevue gum disease or if it occurs to remediate gingivitis and prevent it from causing more damage.
Bellevue Gum disease occurs when tartar, plaque and debris form along the gum line and begin to get into the space between the teeth and gums, this causes pockets, sulcus, to form and get deeper. Bacteria can form in the pockets from the accumulation of plaque and tartar, which causes the gum to separate from the teeth even further eventually weakening the support for the teeth and separating the gums from the jawbone. For mild or moderate gingivitis our doctor will perform a deep periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing. In this procedure our staff will clean all the tartar, plaque and bacteria away from the gum line and from within the pockets through a scaling process. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned the doctor will smooth out the roots of the teeth in the affected area to calm them and promote healing.
Scaling and root planing is the first treatment that is tried in cases of simple Bellevue gum disease. Should the procedure not be effective and the disease reoccurs, or if the gingivitis is too severe or if another type of gum disease is present our practice has other forms of periodontal therapy. For these situations our doctor will likely perform one of several periodontal surgeries to alleviate the problem. One such procedure is guided tissue regeneration, which promotes tissue growth after gum disease combined with the use of Emdogaina a biological product that is used to regenerate tooth material. The bottom line is that the earlier gum disease is detected and treated the easier the treatment and the less damage. If you haven’t had your gums checked lately please call our office for an appointment