Untreated gum disease can result in several adverse effects like permanent tooth loss, loss of bone, and increases risks of systemic diseases like stroke and heart disease. The bacteria can penetrate the bloodstream and affect your overall wellbeing. Our reliable dentist near you provides a range of non-surgical therapies to reverse and treat early-stage periodontal disease.
When oral bacteria work its way under the gums and attack bone, it leads to a chronic condition known as ‘periodontal disease.’ The bacteria that cause gum disease are capable of attaching themselves to tooth roots firmly. When this happens, regular dental cleaning may not solve the issue. Our trained dentist in Owego, NY, may need to perform a deep cleaning to eliminate the infection.
Unfortunately, early-stage gum disease is usually silent for months or even years before it starts showing up as pain or discomfort. However, regular exams at Owego Dental can help identify warning signs like red and swollen gums, loose teeth, or chronic bad breath. Professional teeth cleanings help prevent the build-up of plaque and calculus.
Dr. Rani Dasgupta, DDS, offers a number of non-invasive, effective, and innovative therapies to treat gum disease:
Scaling and Root Planing: Removing plaque and tartar at or below the gum line can help prevent the infection from spreading. Plaque that exists below the gum line is the most common culprit for gum disease. After about six weeks, you may need a follow-up appointment to check the response to the treatment.
Placing Medications under the Gum Line: After scaling and root planing treatment at Owego Dental, we may recommend the placement of medications to combat bacterial infection. This may not be effective as a stand-alone treatment for gums, but it works well as a follow-up treatment to scaling and root planing.
Systemic Medication: Dr. Rani Dasgupta may administer medications to be taken orally to accelerate recovery. The duration and dosage will depend on the severity of the condition.
Scaling and root planing treatments need to be done skillfully and carefully to avoid damaging the tooth roots and gum tissue.