Gum Disease

With regular dental checkups and cleanings, gum disease can be caught and treated in its early stages. However, for patients that have not seen a dentist in a long time, gum disease can become a serious condition that needs further treatment. We recommend cleanings at least every 6 months for children and adults without pre-existing dental conditions.

You may have heard commercials advertising toothbrushes or mouthwashes that can prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum disease, can occur from poor oral hygiene. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque and bacteria buildup on teeth. This can lead to many symptoms with gums including:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Puffiness
  • Redness
  • Irritation

The good news is that gingivitis is reversible! With early detection, gingivitis is easily treated at our Springfield, IL dental office. Many adults may experience some form of gum disease in their lifetime, and the treatment for this oral condition is simply regular and thorough dental cleanings paired with a comprehensive at-home routine. These thorough dental cleanings, also called prophylaxis, are necessary to get rid of the plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth.

If gingivitis is left untreated or undetected, it can advance to periodontal disease. This stage of gum disease is no longer a reversible condition and is a major cause of tooth loss for adults. Signs of periodontal disease include receeding gums and loose teeth. In our Springfield, IL dental office, we use root planing and scaling to aggressively treat periodontal disease. This is a deep cleaning procedure that uses anesthetic to numb treatment areas while all toxins, tartar, and plaque are removed from the gum pockets. During this procedure, uneven spots on teeth surfaces are smoothed out, which eliminates areas for bacteria to hide. Depending on the severity of the condition, periodontal surgery may be the best solution.

Patients with periodontal disease need regular treatment of their gum disease. While it is not curable, periodontal disease can be managed with professional treatment. We aim to keep the gum pockets as clean as possible so that bacteria does not get the chance to reseed. Without periodontal maintenance, toxins, tartar, and plaque can accumulate once again. Regular dental cleanings are not aggressive enough. We recommend patients come every 3 months for periodontal maintenance at our Springfield, IL dental office.