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Periodontal Therapy

Treating Gum Disease Before It Causes Additional Oral Damage

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey that found that gum disease, also known as periodontitis, affects one out of every two adults in the United States. The sooner our team is able to diagnose and begin treating the issue, the higher the chances that we’ll be able to reverse the symptoms and restore your oral health. With thorough gum disease treatment in Grants Pass, we hope to help each of our patient’s enjoy their smiles for the rest of their lives. If you spot any of the signs of gum disease, be sure to contact our office immediately to schedule an examination so we can treat the problem sooner.

What is Gum Disease?

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Periodontitis is an infection of the gums caused by an accumulation of plaque, tartar, food debris, and harmful oral bacteria. As you eat food, the debris will mix with your saliva to form a sticky film called plaque that traps bacteria and attaches to your teeth. As the bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates found in the food particles, they’ll begin to release waste in the form of toxins and acids that can cause enamel erosion and gum infections.

As these harmful substances accumulate in the mouth, they will cause the early signs of gum disease, including bleeding while flossing, tenderness, and irritation. If the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner, it will continue to progress, possibly causing permanent oral damage. This is why we conduct thorough gum examinations during each of your checkups and cleanings.  

Symptoms of Gum Disease

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There are two stages of gum disease called gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earlier stage that causes more mild effects and can be reversed. With treatment, these minor symptoms may be able to be completely reversed:

  • Swollen, tender, and red gums.
  • Bleeding gums in Grants Pass while brushing and flossing.
  • Chronic bad breath.

As the issue progresses, it develops into the more advanced stage of gum disease, called periodontitis. These symptoms can potentially cause permanent damage and often include:

  • Receding gums
  • Pockets of bacteria between the teeth and gums
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Permanent tooth loss

As soon as you notice any of these signs listed above, it’s important to contact tour office as soon as possible so we can develop a periodontal therapy treatment plan.

Scaling & Root Planing Treatment

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With scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, we’re able to thoroughly clear tartar and plaque buildup from every area of your mouth to give your gums a chance to heal. During the first appointment, we use a scaler to remove these deposits from below your gumline. Your second visit will consist of our team gently smoothing out the surface of the roots of your teeth to give your gums a chance to reattach to them. This will make it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate in pockets and lower the chances that the gum disease will redevelop.

With professional periodontal therapy in Grants Pass paired with good at-home oral hygiene and regular checkups and cleanings, we hope to preserve your smile for decades to come.