Treating gum disease doesn’t always require surgery.
The best way to avoid gum disease and bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene, and have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice per year. Sometimes, additional dental treatments are necessary in the presence of periodontal disease, which can cause halitosis (bad breath), and is linked to many other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes.
Routine Clean and Polish
To remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) that can build up on your teeth, Dr. Cappelli may suggest that you see our hygienist for a “routine cleaning.”
One of our Registered Dental Hygienists, Dayle and Chelsea, will scrape away plaque and tartar from your teeth using special instruments, then polish your teeth to remove marks or stains.
Managing Gum Disease
In cases of gum disease, where deep pockets and bleeding are present, scaling and root planing (debridement) may be required. This provides deep therapy under the gums to get rid of bacteria from the roots of your teeth. Before having the treatment, you may need to have a local anesthetic (painkilling medication) to numb the area and make your comfortable. Home care or additional therapies may be suggested as well.
What if your gum disease has progressed?
In advanced cases your Hygienist may recommend a prescription for PerioProtect – an outstanding treatment that may allow you to avoid costly and painful periodontal surgery. Just ask your hygienist to see if this non-invasive, at-home treatment could be of benefit to you. We are here to help you prevent or treat periodontal disease, and to maintain your healthy gums.