Effective Treatment to Heal Your Gums
If you’re experiencing sore gums, then gum therapy could be the solution to your problem. We offer gum therapy in Mobile, AL, and the Semmes, West Mobile, and Theodore, AL, areas as an effective way to treat issues like gingivitis and periodontitis.
We strive to provide you with the highest level of care throughout your gum therapy, and you can count on Dr. Whatley to always answer all your questions and keep you informed throughout your treatment. After all, your comfort and health are our top priorities!
What Is Gum Therapy?
The objective of gum therapy is to eliminate the underlying cause of inflammation. By utilizing this procedure to remove dental plaque and hardened tartar (calculus), we give your gums the opportunity to heal.
Gum therapy includes two procedures: scaling and root planing. Periodontal scaling includes the removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the crown and root surfaces of your teeth. Root planing, on the other hand, gets rid of the roughened cementum and surface dentin that is saturated with calculus, microorganisms, and their toxins.
Scaling and root planing are often referred to as deep cleaning, and they can be performed using both ultrasonic instruments and hard instruments. After your root planing and scaling procedure, we may also prescribe medication to help treat any infection.
What Causes Gum Disease?
There are many causes of gum disease. Excessive sugar in your diet, poor brushing habits, inconsistent flossing, smoking, or piercings can all lead to deterioration of the gums. Some mouths can simply be prone to gum disease even when you do everything else correctly. This can be due to certain ligaments being tighter, shorter, or looser than they should be in an ideal mouth.
As your gums deteriorate, this allows bad bacteria and food particles access to the roots of your teeth, causing even more damage. When not treated, gum disease can lead to numerous dental problems, including tooth loss. If caught early, however, your gum disease can be managed and eradicated before your teeth have a chance to suffer.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is not always readily apparent during its early stages, so the best way to know if you have it is to visit us for regular checkups twice a year. During your oral health exam, we can let you know if you have gum disease or are at risk of developing gum disease.
You should also call us for an immediate appointment if you notice any of the following signs of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Receding gums, aka shrinking gums around your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- New spaces appear between your teeth
Schedule Your Appointment for Gum Therapy in Mobile, AL & the Semmes, West Mobile & Theodore, AL, Areas
- Discuss Your Goals
- Digital X-Rays As Needed
- Complete Exam
- Discuss Your Options
During your appointment, we will take the time to explain our treatment process, flexible payment options, and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to bringing out your best smile!