Gum Disease Treatment in Sun Prairie, WI

Early Treatment of Gum Disease Can Prevent Irrevocable Damage

Our office is committed to providing you with the highest level of dental care to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Our treatment protocols evolve as new research in dentistry emerges and offers better treatment and better results. Healthy gums and tissue are the foundation upon which your oral health depends. Many Americans have some form of periodontal disease, often called gum disease, without realizing it. Periodontal disease is a primary reason for adult tooth loss, bleeding and receding gums and bad breath. If diagnosed early, periodontal disease in Madison, WI may be treated easily and effectively.

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Gum Disease Treatment in Sun Prairie, WI

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria that live below the gum line produce toxins which cause our bodies to destroy the bone that supports the teeth. There is no cure for periodontal disease. However, with early detection and timely treatment, we can help to stop the progression of this disease and prevent further bone and tooth loss.

Bacteria live within the plaque that accumulates in the mouth. When plaque is not removed properly, it can solidify into difficult to remove calculus, or tartar. The bacteria affect the gums by causing the tissues to pull away from the teeth creating periodontal pockets. When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can cause irreversible bone and tooth loss.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

  • Scaling and Root Planing

    Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical periodontal treatment that is typically recommended when periodontal disease is diagnosed. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, affects only the gum tissues, and is completely reversible if detected and treated early. If left untreated, however, it can progress into the deeper tissues and potentially cause bone and tooth loss.

    The general steps of scaling and root planing treatment may include a local anesthetic to numb the areas that will be treated. The treatment is performed with ultrasonic and hand instruments to remove the plaque and calculus accumulation. Your dental hygienist will use the instruments below the gum line to clean the roots of your teeth and smooth any rough surfaces. The goal of this deep cleaning process is to clear away plaque and tartar as well as smooth the surfaces of the teeth to encourage the gum tissues to reattach to the teeth.

  • Laser Gum Therapy
    Laser gum therapy is a nonsurgical periodontal treatment that, depending on the severity of the gum disease, is often recommended in conjunction with scaling and root planing. Once the scaling and root planing has been completed the laser tip is inserted under the gum line where the root surfaces have been cleaned of any plaque, calculus, on rough surfaces. The laser decontaminates the pocket of the bacteria and allows for quicker, healing and regeneration of healthy gum tissue. After scaling and root planning and laser gum therapy, teeth are more resistant to plaque and gums can return to their normal pink, healthy state.

It is necessary for gum therapy treatment patients to maintain their oral health and cleanliness after the procedure. Home maintenance is a major part of the healing process. The mouth needs to be free of food, debris, and plaque in order to keep the bacteria from causing further destruction. Thorough brushing and flossing will be required to ensure that the mouth is clean at all times. It is also important to discontinue the use of tobacco products. This will promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Why are we concerned with your gum health?

Our office has always been on the leading edge of non-surgical treatment of periodontal (gum) problems. Research shows that the presence of periodontal bacteria in your mouth increases your risk for heart attack, stroke and pancreatic cancer. If you are pregnant, periodontal bacteria can contribute to low birth weight.

If you experience bleeding gums, bad taste, or bad breath, you may be putting your health at risk. Our newest periodontal protocols allow us, in partnership with you, to control and or eliminate the bad bugs, and keep you as healthy as possible. Using our state of the art diagnostic and treatment equipment, we can customize a treatment plan unique to your situation and resulting in healthier gums and a healthier you.