Protect and Restore Your Gum Health with Periodontal Therapy
Dr. Damien Armstrong is passionate about preventive care and uses periodontal therapy to help restore patients’ gum health and minimize their chance of needing more invasive, costly treatment in the future. We provide non-surgical periodontal therapy treatments at River City Dentistry in East Brainerd, TN, through scaling and root planing. To help ensure that patients are relaxed and comfortable during treatment, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. Treating gum disease in its earliest stages can help prevent long-term oral and physical health conditions, such as bone degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects the soft and hard tissues of your mouth. As plaque and bacteria build up along the surface of your teeth, it can lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gum tissue. When plaque below the surface of your gums is left untreated, periodontitis can destroy the bones, gums, and surrounding tissues that support your teeth. As it progresses, teeth can become loose and require extraction. In more severe cases, gum disease can also cause serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Signs and Symptoms
The early signs of gum disease are virtually undetectable, which is why Dr. Armstrong is passionate about preventive dentistry. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it is important to schedule a consultation with our office as soon as possible.
- Red and tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Gum recession
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
- Dental pain
- Difficulty chewing or biting down
Causes of Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene is the primary leading cause of gum disease, but other risk factors include:
- Smoking and tobacco products
- Weakened immune system
- Certain medications
- Pregnancy, menopause, or other hormonal changes
- Age (generally diagnosed in patients over the age of 40)
Understanding Periodontal Therapy Treatment
Through routine examinations and cleanings, Dr. Armstrong can detect the earliest signs of gum disease and help reverse side effects with nonsurgical periodontal therapy. However, once gum disease reaches advanced stages, the disease is incurable and surgery is often needed to prevent further damage from occurring. At River City Dentistry, we can perform minimally invasive periodontal therapy through scaling and root planing.
Treating gum disease early on with scaling and root planing provides many benefits.
During this procedure, Dr. Armstrong will numb the gums and surrounding tissues with a topical or local anesthetic. If you need stronger sedation due to dental sensitivity, he can provide nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Once you are comfortable, he will use a scaling handheld device or ultrasonic instrument to remove unhealthy bacteria from the base of the tooth and below the gumline.
Dr. Armstrong will then use a root planing handheld device to smooth the tooth’s root surface and eliminate pockets of inflammation and infection within the gum tissue. This step helps the gum tissue reattach to the base of the tooth to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped. Once the procedure is completed, he may apply a topical antibiotic to treat any additional infection. For patients who require more aggressive treatment, such as gum grafting, we can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon in the area.
The Many Benefits of Periodontal Therapy
Treating gum disease early through scaling and root planing provides many benefits, including:
- Eliminates bad breath
- Prevents tooth decay and tooth loss
- Reverses symptoms of gum disease
- Protects your long-term oral and physical health
- Provides cost-effective treatment
Getting Your Oral Health Back on Track
If you are struggling with the early signs of gum disease, we can get your oral health back on track with a deep cleaning that involves scaling and root planing. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Armstrong.