If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, we encourage you to ask Drs. David, Samuel, and Augustine Borgmeyer about treatment for gum disease in St. Louis, Missouri:
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than normal
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose teeth
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the gums that surround your teeth. The advanced stage of this disease, periodontitis, spreads below the gums and attacks the tissues and bones that support your teeth.
To treat gum disease, our dentists may perform scaling and root planing. During the scaling process, your teeth will be cleaned of plaque and tartar all the way down to the roots. The planing process smooths your tooth roots so that your gums have something clean to reattach to. This is also done because it is more difficult for plaque to adhere to smooth surfaces.
The space between your tooth and gum is called a periodontal pocket. Our dentists may perform periodontal irrigation, placing antimicrobial medication in the periodontal pockets to kill the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
ARESTIN® is a string with an antibiotic that is placed in periodontal pockets. ARESTIN releases a long-lasting medication to kill the bacteria.
We encourage you to contact Borgmeyer Dental today to learn more about periodontal treatment and schedule an appointment.