According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of adults 30 years or older experience some form of gum disease. The disease initially starts as gingivitis, or gum inflammation, and worsens with time. People in need of care often experience sore, red gums that bleed easily. Unless treated, the disease could eventually reach an advanced stage known as periodontitis, which causes adult tooth loss!
Fortunately, our team knows how to reverse this problem in the inflammation stage, or to begin managing it once periodontal disease develops. While gum disease cannot be cured, managing it with routine care helps keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and whole. For example, if you have warning signs of inflammation or disease, we will employ a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove all harmful plaque and tartar buildup from both the teeth and their roots. The ultrasonic scaling device removes buildup from the teeth with gentle vibrations, and root planing removes buildup from the roots and smooths the surfaces, so bacteria is less likely to cling to them. Afterward, routine cleanings every three to four months will continue to keep your smile strong and free of worsening periodontal disease!
For those with more advanced stages of periodontal disease, we could recommend unique surgical procedures to restore gum health and manage the disease, such as bone grafting, flap surgery, guided tissue regeneration, and soft tissue grafts.
Schedule a Periodontal Cleaning With Us Today
If you have bleeding or tender gums, you may be experiencing gum disease. We can help address it with a periodontal cleaning. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, MO, at (816) 531-8000.