Non-Surgical Gum Treatments

The foundation for your teeth consists of gums, ligaments and bone.  The medical term for these structures is the periodontium.  Just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house, unhealthy periodontium jeopardizes the health of your teeth.  Signs of unhealthy gums may include the following:

  • Gums that are red and bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the bite or position of the teeth

Even one of these signs can mean trouble.  However, with proper care, it may be possible to return the gums to a healthy state.  Don’t delay coming in for treatment, because things won’t get better on their own.  Treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under local anesthetic.  Sometimes antibiotics are necessary.  Severe gum disease may need to be treated through surgery or extraction.  So don’t delay.  It is important to get the proper treatment at the first sign of a problem.