Save Your Teeth with Gum Disease Treatment in BallwinDr Drew on Gum Disease Read Transcript
Gum disease is a really tricky thing when it comes to just being aware of it and how to treat it. Gum disease is typically not ever going to cause you discomfort, which makes it that much more fly-under-the-radar insidious because oftentimes, you're not aware of it. When you come in for either an initial exam or just your routine cleanings, our team and especially our excellent hygienists are always screening for and checking for gum disease. We are always looking for and making sure that people's gums and bones are in the best, healthiest state. I always liken it to, if you're putting down a fence post and you've got cement around your fence post, if you've got bad gum and bone disease, you're just wearing away that cement and one day, your fence post is going to be so wobbly that it's going to fall out.
That inherently is the danger of gum disease, is that you risk losing otherwise perfectly good teeth and you risk your smile. That's something we take very seriously and are always trying to make our patients aware of and try to help them. Sometimes that does mean patients are coming in more than every six months to stay in the best, healthiest state, but at the end of the day, trying to keep the gums healthy is just as important as making sure that smile's nice and bright, because if you don't have the good foundation, then the smile's built on quicksand.
While decay can threaten your teeth, more people lose teeth to gum disease than to cavities. It’s also pretty common; the CDC says more than half of adults have some form of it. That’s why we offer gum disease treatment in Ballwin, MO. We look for signs of gum disease during every dental exam. If we find any, we’ll treat it with a special deep cleaning procedure.
Our dentists will:
- Use a laser to keep your treatment quick and comfortable
- Remove bacteria to return your gums to health
- Prevent the breakdown of bone that can result in tooth loss
- Eliminate embarrassing symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
We Treat Gum Disease with a Laser to Ensure Your Comfort
Gum disease starts with the formation of plaque, a sticky film filled with bacteria. If not removed, it creates “pockets” below the gumline where more bacteria collects. As the disease progresses, your body tries to get rid of the infection in your gums. As it does, it can destroy the tissue and bone that hold your teeth in place.
If caught in the early stages, we can treat gum disease with scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment during which we remove bacteria below your gums and smooth your tooth roots to make it harder for bacteria to accumulate.
For more advanced cases of gum disease, we use a low-power laser for gentle LANAP treatment. Our laser allows us to remove your damaged gum tissue while not affecting healthy tissue. With no cutting or stitches, LANAP therapy is more comfortable than traditional gum surgery. You’ll heal faster too!
Thanks to our laser, most patients are comfortable and relaxed during our treatment. However, if you’re nervous or worried about discomfort, you can receive local anesthesia and/or a mild sedative.
Get your healthy smile back with gum disease treatment in Ballwin, MO. Call 636-496-8584 to make an appointment today.