Alaska Center for Dentistry provides comprehensive gum disease treatment for our patients near Wasilla, Eagle River, and Palmer, AK. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If left untreated, it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. At Alaska Center for Dentistry, our doctors diagnose symptoms of gum disease, including swollen, tender, bleeding, or receding gums.
If a patient is not receiving treatment from a doctor, the gums can recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems. Fortunately, our Wasilla dentists are here to expertly assess and treat the signs of gum disease.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require you to undergo more invasive treatment.
Nevertheless, you can be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Alaska Center for Dentistry today. We can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to your dental needs.
Surgical And Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask our doctors how both non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Alaska Center for Dentistry.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, our doctors offer a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of the preparation for final crown restoration. If necessary, our doctors will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize the dental crown.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your bi-yearly cleaning involves scaling your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure our doctors perform to treat patients with current or developing gum disease.
Root Surface Debridement
Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Root Surface Debridement (RSD) is a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Our team uses root surface debridement to remove deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Alaska Center for Dentistry is here to answer all of your questions about gum disease treatment. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.