At Brentwood Dental Group, we have a team of dentists who specialize in periodontal therapy. While we educate our patients on ways to prevent gum disease, we are fully equipped to restore your gums to optimal health if an infection is present. Gum disease is a common, yet serious oral health condition that can threaten your overall health if allowed to progress without general dentistry. Our St. Louis practice can treat gum disease from mild (gingivitis) to moderate and severe (periodontitis).
You may be a candidate for periodontal therapy if you suffer from the following common gum disease problems:
- “Long” teeth (due to receding gum lines)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Gum depressions or pockets in between the teeth
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Tooth movement or tooth loss
Treatment for Periodontitis
Gum disease is a chronic oral infection that will continue to progress unless proper treatment is initiated. Periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease, is considered an active infection within the soft tissues of your mouth. This infection can destroy the surrounding bone and even cause inflammatory conditions throughout your body. At Brentwood Dental Group, we offer top quality treatment for periodontitis, including minimally invasive techniques that can safely restore the long-term health of your smile. Our dentists often recommend a scaling and root planing (or deep cleaning) as the first line of defense against periodontitis.
Deep Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a simple, in-office procedure that involves removing stubborn plaque and calculus deposits from beneath the gum line. Since plaque is the primary culprit to gum disease, this is an essential step towards preventing its progression. After thoroughly cleaning the gum pockets, the rough surfaces of the teeth are smoothed out so that the gum tissues can more easily reattach. A scaling and root planing can help reduce periodontal pocket depths up to two or three millimeters. Rest assured that our Brentwood Dental Group professionals utilize the most powerful, yet gentle methods when reversing gum disease.
If you are concerned about your swollen, bleeding or receding gums, please contact us today to learn more about our options in periodontitis therapy. We are a comprehensive dental practice that is dedicated to your smile and overall well-being through all stages of life.