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1459 N Main St # 3 Bountiful, UT 84010

Gum Disease Treatment in Bountiful

Periodontitis is an infection that damages the gum tissue around the teeth. This is a common condition that has a serious effect on the bones and gums, if left untreated, this could lead to the loss of a tooth and bone.

Give our office a call to schedule an appointment at (801) 292-4440.

Stages of Gum Disease

  1. Gingivitis- This is a mild form of gum disease, it can cause irritation, redness, and swelling in the gums. The buildup of plaque and bacteria on the gumline affects the healthy tissue and this is where the gum disease starts. You will notice this when your gums start to bleed from brushing or flossing.
  2. Periodontitis- This is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue around the gums and teeth. The symptoms are similar being red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Without treatment, this can cause teeth to become loose or even lead to the loss of teeth.

Non-Surgical Treatments

  1. Professional cleaning- Coming into your cleaning with our hygienist is an important part of managing gingivitis. The cleaning will help remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria that are underneath the gum line.
  2. Scaling and root planing- In this cleaning procedure, we would ensure that the area is numb as this is more profound in cleaning underneath the gums. The scaling will remove the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from underneath the gums, and the root planing will smooth out the rough spots on the roots. This procedure will help the regrowth of the gums aiding in the health of the gums.

Surgical Treatments

  1. Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery- This is a dental procedure where the gums are lifted back in order for the dentist to gain access to the roots of the teeth so that they can remove the bacteria and tartar that is built up underneath the gums. After, the gums are sutured back in place to promote healing.
  2. Bone and tissue grafts- The bone graft procedure is done so the bone can grow in a specific area, while the tissue graft is used to correct gum recession.

Additional Therapies

  1. Medication- In some cases, medications may be given along with the scaling and root planing procedure. This can include antibiotic gels, mouthwashes, or antibiotics.
  2. Laser treatment- Laser therapy is used to remove diseased gum tissue to help promote the growth of healthy tissue.

Common Myths

Myth: Gum disease is not common.
Fact: Gum disease is very common and affects more patients than you think.

Myth: Treatment for gum disease is painful.
Fact: With our advanced technology, we are able to make treatment for gum disease quick and painless.

Myth: Once treated, gum disease does not come back.
Fact: Gum disease can come back if not maintained with good oral health. It’s important to make sure that you come to every checkup and cleaning appointment.

Making sure that you get treatment if you have gum disease will help keep strong and healthy teeth and gums. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment at (801) 292-4440.

Frequently Asked Questions

Periodontitis (gum disease) is an infection that damages the gum tissue around the teeth. This is a common condition that has a serious effect on the bones and gums, if left untreated, this could lead to the loss of a tooth and bone.

The most common symptoms of gum disease can include swollen gums, red gums, sensitivity to hot or cold, and gums that easily bleed. Coming to regular checkups and cleanings is important to either detect the disease early or help maintain it.

There are many ways to diagnose gum disease, which can consist of the dentist doing an exam checking the depth of the pockets of the gums and checking the X-rays to detect the loss of bone.

There are many treatments available for gum disease. These include a deep cleaning underneath the gums called scaling and root planing, bone graft, flap surgery, gum graft, or antibiotics. The severity of each individual case will determine the treatment options.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that goes deep below the gumline to clean out the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. This type of cleaning is used to treat gum disease.

Yes, gum disease (periodontitis) is linked to other health problems like respiratory disease, arthritis, low birthweight and preterm birth, and problems controlling blood sugar. Coming into regular checkups and cleanings can help maintain and reduce the risk of gum disease.

It is normal to feel some discomfort during or after treatment, but this should be temporary and reside within a couple of hours or a few days. This can be especially true for non-surgical procedures like the scaling and root planing cleaning, while for surgical procedures, this would typically vary depending on each patient’s aftercare and pain tolerance.

To prevent gum disease, you can make sure to practice good oral health habits. You can achieve this by brushing and flossing after every meal, or at least twice a day, quitting smoking, and attending your regular checkups and cleanings. Doing all of these things can help contribute to healthy, strong gums and teeth.

Untreated gum disease in severe cases, can increase the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and pregnancy complications. This can also lead to gum loss and bone loss, and you can even lose teeth. If you have untreated gum disease, please give our office a call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

The best lifestyle routine to help treat gum disease would be to make sure that you are brushing and flossing twice daily or after every meal to avoid the build-up of bacteria and tartar, quit smoking, and healthy habits which would include eating a healthy diet and getting the recommended amount of exercise per day. Having these recommended things in your daily routine can help prevent or maintain gum disease.

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M 7-4 | Tu 7-4 | Wed 7-4 | Th 7-4 | Fr 7-4

We are OPEN for ALL dental care procedures and emergency needs. Protecting the health and safety of our patients, families, and team members remains our number one priority.

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$50 Gift Card when you complete an appointment with us!

*Redeemable after completed paid treatment. Must be a new patient our organization (all locations). The patient will receive a gift card via email or SMS after completion of their appointment. Cannot be combined with other offers or dental discount plans.

Free Exam & X-rays^

For New Patients without insurance we offer Free Exam and X-rays!

^For New Patients that do not have dental insurance. New patients must be 18 or older to receive free exam and x-rays. Discounts cannot be combined with other offers or dental discount plans. Additional fees may be included in individual cases.

$99 Hygiene Visit^^

For New Patients without insurance we offer Free Exam and X-rays!

^^For new patients without dental insurance. Includes Exam, X-Ray and Routine Cleaning. A Periodontal Cleaning requires additional fees, and rescheduled for further treatment. Cannot be combined with other offers or dental discount plans.

Dentist of Bountiful

Hours

M 7-4 | Tu 7-4 | Wed 7-4 | Th 7-4 | Fr 7-4

Contact

1459 N Main St # 3

Bountiful, UT 84010

(801) 292-4440