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Periodontal disease, aka gum disease, is what we call an infection that affects the tissue surrounding your teeth. When periodontal disease isn’t treated promptly, it can lead to the loss of teeth and other problems with your jaw and facial appearance.
By seeing us at our Westbrook dental office for regular checkups and teeth cleanings twice a year, we can let you know if you have gum disease or are at risk of developing gum disease.
You should also call Westbrook Dental for an appointment if you notice any of the following signs of periodontal disease:
During the early stages of periodontal disease, we may be able to help you get back to a healthy smile by performing a general dental cleaning and recommending some minor lifestyle changes, such as the frequency and technique of your brushing and flossing regimen. If your periodontal disease has advanced into a later stage, we may recommend Gum Therapy.
Gum Therapy, also sometimes called Scaling and Root Planing (SRP), is a non-surgical procedure that treats the gum tissue around your teeth when they become inflamed or infected. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface. Our Westbrook Dental dentists are highly experienced at providing painless gum therapy to our patients who suffer from periodontal disease.
Come experience Westbrook Dental! You will see that we offer quality dental care and gum treatment to patients in and around Westbrook, Madison, Clinton, Guilford, Old Lyme, Essex, Old Saybrook, Chester and Deep River, CT.