Gum disease is the most common oral disease that affects adults, with nearly 75 percent of people being affected to some degree. As a progressive condition, if you do not receive timely gum disease treatment, the disease will get worse and spread as time goes on. Affecting both your hard and soft tissues, gum disease can cause irreversible damage to your oral health, including tooth loss. Dr. Frank Johnson and our team want to ensure that you avoid the serious affects gum disease causes. We believe that prevention, information and education are the key elements to keep your mouth healthy.
When you are looking for gum disease treatment, choosing an experienced provider ensures that you receive the most effective and gentle treatments. Dr. Johnson always evaluates your oral health for signs of gum disease in Hixson, TN, during each dental appointment. By catching disease early, we will be able to get you on the path to a healthy mouth and lifestyle with our effective gum disease treatments. Common signs and symptoms of gum disease including bleeding gums, loose teeth, recurring bad breath, gum recession or a changing bite.
The first phase of any gum disease treatment involves scaling and root planing, which uses ultra-fine instruments to access areas below your gum line and clean out bacteria and infection. We will also smooth your tooth roots by removing buildup of plaque so that the gum tissue can reattach easily.
After you have received gum disease treatment, you will need routine periodontal maintenance to stay healthy. This procedure includes a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums, including scaling and root planing to ensure that all bacteria is removed and does not re-develop into gum disease. Periodontal maintenance will need to be performed every three months to stay effective and keep you healthy.