The health of your gums is essential to the overall health of your smile. If your gums are affected by periodontal disease (gum disease), our knowledgeable dentist may recommend periodontal therapy. Periodontal disease occurs as the result of bacteria in plaque. As plaque and dental calculus (hardened plaque) build up on the teeth, bacteria can cause infection and swelling in the gums. It is important to treat periodontal disease as early as possible to ensure that the health of your smile is restored. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and a receding gum line. To treat periodontal disease and restore your oral health, Dr. Jennifer B. Frankel may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are deep cleanings; during these treatments, plaque, calculus, and bacteria are removed from both above and below the gum line. This helps to prevent the disease from progressing further, and in some cases, can even reverse the effects of periodontal disease.
If your gums are red, swollen, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may suffer from periodontal disease. We encourage you to contact us at Northwest Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy today to learn more about gum treatment in Keizer, Oregon and to schedule your visit with our caring dental team.