What treatment do I need for my stage of gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection that can cause dramatic changes to the smile negatively. This infection can occur with poor oral health habits and needs to be treated as soon as possible for the best outcome. Dr. Bridget Lervick of Grandview Center for Dentistry in Edina, Minnesota, is an experienced dental professional who can not only diagnose your condition but provide the most appropriate treatment for the stage at which your condition has reached. There are several stages, including gingivitis and periodontitis, that may require a different approach. Our team is here to educate you on the treatment options available if you have received a periodontal disease diagnosis.
What treatments do I need for specific stages of gum disease?
The treatment for gum disease depends on how advanced it is. If the gingivitis is mild, professional dental cleaning may be all that’s needed to reverse the damage and prevent further progression. However, if the condition has progressed to periodontitis, more extensive treatments may be necessary. These include solutions such as:
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) to remove plaque and tartar buildup around the teeth and below the gum line
- Antibiotic therapy to help fight bacteria in the infected areas
- Surgery (sometimes laser) to reduce pockets of infection between teeth and gums
- Flap surgery to help reposition tissue around a damaged tooth
Your dentist at Grandview Center for Dentistry can recommend the best option for your specific case. The treatment selected by Dr. Lervick will be directly tied to the stage at which your periodontal disease has progressed. During a consultation appointment to discuss possible treatment options, cost and expectations are often discussed as well.
Schedule your periodontal cleaning today
If you have a diagnosis of periodontal disease or need gum disease or gingivitis treatment, our team at Grandview Center for Dentistry can help. Contact our office today by calling (952) 955-4505 to request a visit at 5201 Eden Avenue, Suite #120. Dr. Bridget Lervick serves patients in the surrounding communities of Minnetonka, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, and Richfield, MN, and locals within the Edina, MN, city limits.