Dr. Kaveendra Ranasinghe or Dr. Kirk Christianson provide gum disease therapy to help fight periodontal disease and improve your oral health. After you are diagnosed with gum disease, our dentists and team will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will fight the disease and prevent further damage to your gums, teeth and supporting bone from occurring. Call Downtown Dental Care at 503-228-4122 to learn more about gum disease therapy in Portland, Oregon, and schedule your consultation.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection in your gum tissues caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. In the earlier, milder stages, it is known as gingivitis. If allowed to progress into a more severe condition (periodontitis), it can eventually lead to gum recession, tooth loss and bone loss. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of dentures
- Gum recession
Gum Disease Treatment
There are many types of gum disease treatment available depending on your individual needs. Here at Downtown Dental Care, we use non-surgical treatments to help fight the disease. One of the treatments that we may recommend is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing works to remove harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth and smooths the tooth root surfaces to remove buildup, bacteria and toxins. This encourages healing and reduces the likelihood of new bacteria collecting in those areas.
After you complete your gum disease treatment, you will need to visit our office regularly for periodontal maintenance. The frequency of these appointments will depend on the severity of your condition. Periodontal maintenance allows our dentists and team to monitor your oral health and help keep your gum disease under control.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
The best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing is through preventive care. By maintaining good oral hygiene at home and visiting our office every six months for professional cleanings and exams, you greatly reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
For more information and to schedule an appointment with our dentists, contact our office today.