Half of the American population suffers from gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Plaque is the leading cause of gum disease, and if left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss, bone deterioration, and other health issues.
Gingivitis is a condition that may lead to gum disease. Plaque builds up and causes the gums to inflame and possibly bleed while brushing your teeth. The teeth are still stable in their sockets. Without proper care, though, it may lead to periodontitis, also known as gum disease.
With periodontitis, the gum’s inner layer and bone pulls away from your teeth. This creates pockets where bacteria and debris can accumulate and become infected. As it progresses, the pockets get deeper and the gums and bone get destroyed.
How Can It Be Treated?
We offer several periodontal treatments for patients experiencing gum disease. These include
- Antibiotic Gel for Periodontal Disease: This type of treatment is applied directly into a patient’s gum pockets or on the gum surfaces.
- Conservative Gingival Flap Surgery: A procedure where the gum tissue is gently folded back for access to the roots of teeth and the bone. We then remove the infected tissue, reposition the gum tissue, and place it around the roots in a secure position.
- Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy: A laser and water is used to offer a more comfortable and gentle treatment. The laser is precise, and there is no cutting away of the bone or gums as found in traditional gum disease treatments.
- Scaling and Root Planing: This is also known as a deep cleaning. It’s non-surgical, and we gently and thoroughly remove tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line. The roots are then smoothed out to help minimize any areas where bacteria may live.
Dr. Stubbs will carefully go over the details of these treatments for patients who elect to have them.
Schedule a Consultation About Periodontal Care
If you’re experiencing gum disease, we can help with our periodontal care treatments. To schedule a consultation, fill out our online form, or call our office in West Allis, WI, at 414-541-8250. We proudly serve the residents of West Allis, Brookfield, Wauwatosa, and all Western Milwaukee communities.