When you visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup and cleaning, carefully examining your smile is one of the most important aspects of your care. When doing so, your dentist may notice signs of gingivitis – the first phase of gum disease – which could become a serious threat if ignored. In fact, untreated gum disease is the most common reason why adults lose permanent teeth. At our Des Moines, IA, dental office, we can help you take control of your gum disease by explaining your condition after a comprehensive examination, and then consulting with you to determine the best way to treat it.
A deeper periodontal cleaning
Deep cleaning, or periodontal cleaning, is one of the most common treatments for gingivitis and gum disease. Also referred to as scaling and root planing, deep cleaning involves carefully accessing the surfaces of your teeth roots and cleaning them of harmful plaque and tartar. This removes the bacteria responsible for causing gum disease, allowing your gum tissues to heal. However, if your gum disease has progressed enough to cause serious damage to your gums, then your treatment might also include ongoing periodontal maintenance to stop it from growing worse.
Routine periodontal maintenance
In addition to cleaning away the harmful oral bacteria that accumulate under your gums, treating more advanced gum disease may also involve helping damaged gum tissues recuperate. In severe cases, that may include the help of specialized treatment from a periodontist (or gum health specialist). We work closely with oral health specialists of several different kinds to help provide optimal treatment in complex cases, including cases of severe periodontal disease.
Lifelong protection for your smile
In many cases, keeping up with routine preventive dental visits can help you catch gingivitis in its earliest stages. This not only helps you mitigate the damage it can cause if it develops, but may also give you the chance to reverse the condition. After a periodontal cleaning, you can enjoy a healthy, gum disease-free smile, and we can help you maintain it with ongoing preventive care at your regular checkup and cleaning appointments.
Find out what to do if you have gum disease
If you suffer from gum disease, then find out what steps you should take to prevent it from getting worse and protect the rest of your healthy smile. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.