Gum Disease Treatment Edison

Fighting Your Infected Gums

Some form of gum disease affects about half of the adults in the U.S. For some individuals, their condition can be reversed with a few adjustments to their oral hygiene routine and regular visits to their dentist. Other people, however, require more extensive treatment. Thankfully, we offer conservative but effective ways to fight moderate gum disease. If you believe your gums are not as healthy as they should be, contact us today for a consultation!

Why Choose Edison Prosthodontics for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Prosthodontist with 20+ Years of Experience
  • Laser Gum Therapy Removes Infected Tissue
  • Highly-Trained & Attentive Dental Team

Common Signs of Gum Disease

At least at first, the signs of gum disease can be pretty subtle. You’ll want to keep an eye out for potential symptoms. These include the following:

  • Gum Tenderness
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Swollen Gum Tissue
  • Chronic bad breath (i.e., halitosis)
  • Gum Recession
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Loose Teeth
  • Difficulty Chewing

Of course, Dr. Shah examines you for gum disease at every dental checkup. You can count on him for a final diagnosis. Still, keep up with preventive care just in case.

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Work?

Scaling and root planing is basically a deep cleaning of the mouth. It involves two treatment stages. During the scaling portion of the treatment, the dental professionals at Edison Prosthodontics will remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, both above and below the gumline. Then, during the root planing stage, the roots of the teeth get smoothed out so it is more difficult for disease-causing bacteria to cling to them.

Depending on the extent of your gum disease, scaling and root planing might require multiple appointments to complete. Our team takes care to promote patient comfort during the procedure; we may use local anesthesia and/or sedation to help you relax.

Following scaling and root planing, your gums will have the opportunity to heal and reattach to your teeth. As long as you are diligent about caring for your oral hygiene at home and attending follow-up appointments with Dr. Shah, you can expect long-term results from your treatment.

Benefits of Scaling and Root Planing

Some benefits of scaling and root planing include:

  • It is conservative. Treating gum disease before it becomes severe may prevent the need for gum surgery later on.
  • It can save your teeth. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Scaling and root planing may help you retain your natural teeth for a lifetime.
  • It can reduce oral pain. After you recover from scaling and root planing, you may find that it is easy to enjoy your favorite foods without irritating your gums.
  • It promotes overall health. Gum disease is associated with some serious systemic health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Caring for your mouth will bolster your head-to-toe wellness.

Laser Periodontal Treatment

If your gum disease is severe, we may follow up scaling and root planing with a laser treatment. This option uses our Epic and Biolase lasers to remove greatly damaged gum tissue. Namely, its beams of light will target the infected areas and kill the bad bacteria on contact. Our lasers will cauterize the tissue as well, reducing any bleeding and helping your mouth heal faster. You’ll then have a smoother and comfier recovery.