Gum Disease Treatment - Kansas City, MO

Returning Smiles to Optimal Health

Gordon Dental Kansas City, MO

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease a serious and chronic infection of the gums that results from a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Just like infection found anywhere else in the body, immediate treatment of infection found in the mouth is necessary to avoid its spread and destruction of vital bone and soft tissue. Bacteria leading to gum disease will also not resolve without treatment and the low-grade, chronic infection they cause has been linked to systemic complications including heart disease, diabetes, and other inflammatory diseases. We are experienced in many gum disease treatment options and are pleased to offer patients minimally-invasive laser periodontal therapy to treat gum disease! Along with being virtually painless and efficient, laser periodontal therapy helps to reduce bleeding and swelling at the treatment site and can effectively jumpstart the healing process. Most patients return to work and daily activities the day after treatment! Have you been experiencing symptoms of gum disease? It’s time to take action!

Gum disease – the silent killer of teeth

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Symptoms of Gum Disease

Inflamed or bleeding gums is commonly a sign of gingivitis, or the first stage of gum disease. The good news is that this stage is reversible with treatment to remove the cause of infection. If you have any of the following symptoms, it is crucial that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible to save your smile and prevent bacteria from spreading throughout your body.

Signs you may need gum disease treatment

  • Tender, bleeding gums
  • Inflamed, swollen gums
  • Deepening periodontal pockets
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Painful or loose teeth

Gum Disease Treatment Saves Your Smile

Scaling and root planing removes bacteria before it has a chance to spread through the bloodstream. Scaling removes the plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. Root planing smooths the teeth so that gums can reattach. Reducing the depth of the pockets around the teeth also discourages bacteria from returning in the future.

For more severe cases of gum disease, osseous surgery “flaps” back portions of the gum tissue to gain access to the teeth and bone underneath. Bacteria and diseased gum tissue are removed, along with a deep cleaning of the teeth and reshaping of the bone, if necessary. The gums are sutured back in place to reduce pocket depth.

A minimally-invasive gum disease treatment technique that uses dental laser technology to eradicate bacteria and diseased gum tissue. The laser light also creates a cauterizing effect that promotes healthier healing and reattachment of the gum tissue, along with the regeneration of new bone and tissue growth.
After gum disease treatment, periodontal maintenance occurs every 3-4 months to ensure plaque and tartar buildup does not lead to gum disease in the future. A deep cleaning of the teeth above and below the gum line, this maintenance keeps bacteria from accumulating and teeth and gums free from disease.

Time to seek gum disease treatment?