Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern, one that is often responsible for adult tooth loss and very uncomfortable symptoms. However, we have treatment options to help manage the problem and preserve your smile. How do we treat gum disease and what can be done to avoid the problem?

Frequently Asked Questions About Treating Gum Disease

Question: How do I know if I’m at risk?

Answer: Look for any changes in your gums. Do they appear more red than usual, especially around the teeth? Do they feel sore or bleed when you brush or floss? Do you notice any recession? If so, see us right away for a diagnosis. If caught early, in the gingivitis stage, we can reverse the problem.

Question: How does a scaling and root planing help?

Answer: In the early stages, we can perform a cleaning and root planing to roll back gingivitis or manage gum disease. The treatment involves removing all plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth and the roots. The procedure can be completed in one visit, or up to four, depending on the severity of the buildup. The more frequently you see us for routine cleanings, the less intensive the treatment will need to be, if you would need it at all.

Question: Will I need gum surgery?

Answer: In severe cases, we may need to perform surgery to address or prevent periodontitis, the advanced stage responsible for adult tooth loss. We will remove the infected gum tissue, which allows the teeth to bond with healthy tissue, improving overall oral health.

Question: Can the disease be cured?

Answer: No, once gum disease forms we cannot cure it. However, we can manage it to protect the health and stability of your smile.

Do You Have Sore or Bleeding Gums?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can address your periodontal concerns and improve your oral health. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.