Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums and bones that support your teeth. Many people do not know that they have gum disease because it is usually painless. However, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. Diagnosis and treatment is imperative to prevent this. If you notice any of the following symptoms, ask Dr. Robert P. Sherman about treatment for gum disease in Leawood, Kansas:
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- A change in your bite
- Loose teeth
Our dentist may recommend that you receive professional cleanings more often than twice a year if you are diagnosed with gum disease. During the dental cleaning, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from all of your teeth, above and below the gum line. If you need a more thorough teeth cleaning than a regular dental cleaning can provide, our dentist may perform scaling and root planing. This procedure is non-surgical and removes plaque and tartar from both above and below the gum line. When your teeth are clean, our dentist will smooth the surfaces of your teeth roots. This planing process makes it difficult for plaque to adhere to the tooth root, thus greatly reducing the formation of plaque beneath the gums.
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment!