Gum Infection Therapy
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 50% of the American adult population have gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
- Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Loose teeth
- Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
If periodontal disease is found to be present after your examination, Dr. Wettstein will typically recommend Gum Infection Therapy, also referred to as scaling and root planing. This procedure removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from under your gum line and along exposed roots. Plaque can build up easily in these areas. Gum Infection Therapy is completed by one of our skilled, gentle dental hygienists and can be completed with or without local anesthetic according to patient preference.