Gum Disease and Its Treatment

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Gum disease is a condition affecting 64.7 million Americans and if left untreated, this infection of your gum tissue can result in tooth loss while increasing your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Treating gum disease is fairly simple in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

At DeMercy Dental in Roswell, Georgia, Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.

Treating gum disease one of our specialties at DeMercy Dental. If you are struggling with the effects of gum disease on your smile, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick. Please call 770.641.8010 today, and let us help you restore your healthy smile!