Do you suffer from swollen or irritated gums? Experience bad breath frequently? You may have a common dental condition known as periodontal (gum) disease. Luckily, Steve Horne, DDS in Encinitas, CA can help! We offer non-surgical gum treatments such as scaling and root planing which can be effective at treating and managing gum disease.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral disease that affects over 46 million Americans. It causes a patient’s gums to pull away from teeth, creating pockets around the teeth which can increase the risk of bacterial overgrowth, infection and decay. Over time patients that suffer from gum disease may experience the following symptoms:
Before a scaling and root planing gum disease treatment is considered, Dr. Horne will want to evaluate your teeth, gums and overall oral health to determine if you suffer from gum disease and are a candidate for the non-surgical gum treatment.
We have special tools at Steve Horne, DDS that allow us to carefully scale plaque, bacterial toxins and tartar deposits from your teeth and root surfaces. This will allow gums and pockets to heal and re-attach to teeth properly.
After scaling is complete, Dr. Horne will begin root planing. The root surfaces will be smoothed, removing rough areas from the root. This will keep bacteria, plaque and tartar from re-adhering to the root surfaces, allowing gums to reattach firmly and heal correctly.
Ready to kiss your gum disease symptoms goodbye? Contact our Encinitas dental office today to schedule an appointment. We’d be happy to evaluate your dental health and determine if non-surgical gum treatment is the right option for you.