Convenient, effective gum disease treatments
Do you suffer from bleeding, swollen gums? You may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, an oral infection that can slowly devastate your gums, teeth, and bone, as well as your overall health. Anyone can get this infection because it is caused by the bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. The bacteria, if not cleared away properly with regular brushing and flossing, can infect the gum tissue. Fortunately, convenient treatments are available and with early detection, Dr. Stephen Eriksen can protect your beautiful smile for years to come.
How do you know if you have gum disease? Symptoms include:
- Bleeding gums, when brushing or flossing
- Swollen, irritated gum tissue
- Wide periodontal pockets
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Loss of teeth or bone
Why You Need Immediate Gum Disease Treatment
There are three stages of gum disease, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. With each stage, the damage caused by the infection grows. Your connective tissue and bone are altered, and eventually will be unable to support your teeth, resulting in tooth loss. The infection also affects your total body health and has been linked with higher incidence of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
Effective Gum Disease Treatments to Save Your Smile
We Offer Several Gum Disease Treatments:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Deep cleanings
- Laser gum surgery
Laser gum surgery provides an alternative to traditional gum surgery. Performed without scalpels or stitches, laser gum surgery can effectively treat your periodontal disease with less discomfort and recovery time by utilizing laser technology to remove bacteria and diseased tissue. In addition, it encourages tissue reattachment for a healthier smile now and in the future.
The accuracy, speed, and convenience that laser dentistry provides has enhanced the patient experience, affording you less discomfort and downtime. Dr. Stephen Eriksen incorporates laser dentistry into his practice to improve patient results.