Non-Surgical Gum Treatments - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments

Oral health is not just about teeth! A balanced diet, daily homecare, and regular hygiene visits are the basics in achieving a healthy environment in our mouth that includes the supporting structures of gum tissue, ligaments, and bone around each tooth.

Periodontium - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


These foundational parts of the mouth are called the periodontium. If gum disease is caught early and hasn’t caused damage to the deeper supporting structures, this is called gingivitis. A professional cleaning can help with this. If the inflammation is left untreated, however, and these supporting tissues become inflamed or infected from bacteria and plaque, it can result in periodontitis, or periodontal disease. Since this is a chronic, long term condition, bone loss results. The overall health of the mouth and the body become at risk, just like a bad foundation threatens the structural integrity of a home.

Symptoms - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


Signs of gum disease can be gums that bleed easily and are red and swollen. Other signs of gum disease may include bad breath or loose teeth.  With proper treatment and guided home care, it is possible for these tissues to be healthy again. Personalized treatment plays a big part in restoring teeth, gums, and bone back to health. We can recommend custom treatment and help you make decisions to return your mouth back to a state of health.

Periodontitis is initially treated with scaling and root planing treatment. Scaling removes plaque and calculus, or tartar, from below the gumline. Root planing smoothes the tooth root surface and helps the gum tissue reattach to the tooth. After the teeth are scaled and root planed, your dentist and hygienist will help you determine a cleaning schedule to maintain your periodontal, or gum health.

Treatment - Garden Ridge Center For Dentistry


Gum treatments involve a visit with one of our team hygienists and your dentist. In this visit, special attention is given to the infected deep pockets around your teeth. Sometimes, your treatment needs may require a referral to a gum specialist called a periodontist. Either way, you will be given a roadmap that guides you back to good oral health.

If you notice a problem with your gums, please call to schedule an appointment.