At Riverfront Dental LLC, the health of your entire smile is important to us. This includes the gums and soft tissues that support your teeth. That is why we provide comprehensive gum treatment in Salem, Oregon in an effort to combat periodontitis, which is often called periodontal disease or gum disease. Periodontitis is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. If left untreated, this bacteria causes a painful infection that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Signs and symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Red, tender, or puffy gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Increased tooth sensitivity and pain
To treat periodontitis, we offer multiple periodontal treatment options. We may recommend deep cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planning, which are designed to remove infected gum tissue and lingering bacteria from above and below the gumline. If necessary, certain surgical treatments are also available. Dr. Howe and Dr. Dugan, our skilled dentists, will continue to follow up on the healing process and may prescribe medicated mouth washes and certain at-home care treatments to move your treatment forward. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of peridontitis, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment today.