Gum Treatment in Montgomery, AL

couple_older_3.jpgAt the office of Dr. Steve C. Davis, DMD, our mission is to help patients of all ages throughout the Montgomery, AL area achieve a beautiful, healthy smile they feel genuinely proud of. We know every patient is different, which is why we offer wide range of dental treatments to help improve your smile – and we treat more than just the teeth. Healthy gums are vital to a great smile, and we are proud to offer expert periodontal (gum) care to our patients.

Periodontal Disease

The gums surround and support the teeth, and without healthy gums, it's impossible to have a healthy smile. Unfortunately, gum disease is also very common. Periodontal disease is one of the most common dental health problems in adults, and without a strong, consistent oral hygiene regimen, it's possible for periodontitis to progress and threaten the integrity of the teeth.

Gum disease is a progressive condition caused by bacterial infection of the gums. Without proper brushing and flossing habits, bacteria can penetrate into the gums, causing them to become swollen, red, and inflamed. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is relatively mild, but gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a more advanced stage. Periodontitis can cause swollen and bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and pain. If left untreated long enough, periodontitis can progress into chronic periodontitis, eventually threatening the teeth themselves and causing tooth and bone loss.

Poor oral hygiene is the main cause of periodontal disease, but it isn't the only possibility. Other causes of periodontal disease include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth)
  • Nutrition
  • Stress
  • Genetics

View a brief animated video on periodontitis and its treatment here.

Perform a self-assessment of your oral health here.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

The best way to fight periodontitis is through prevention – but if it does progress, we can help. Through a procedure called scaling and root planing, we can stop the progression of gum disease and help return the gums to normal.

Scaling and root planing is a similar procedure to professional teeth cleaning, but involves the use of specialized tools that allow us to clean the roots of the teeth underneath the gum line. Getting down underneath the gumline eliminates the source of the bacteria infecting the gums, helping to reverse gum disease. After removing plaque and bacteria, we use specialized devices to smooth the surface of the tooth roots, making it harder for bacteria to adhere to them and helping to prevent gum disease in the future.

In advanced cases of periodontitis, we may need to perform reconstructive treatments as well. These can include gum grafts, dental implants, and a variety of other measures. Dr. Davis will work with you to decide on the best treatment option for the health of your smile.

Contact Your Montgomery, AL Periodontist

Gum disease can present a serious threat to the smile, but with proper treatment, it's possible to reverse periodontal disease and protect your smile for a lifetime. Contact us today if you have more questions on gum treatment or want to schedule a consultation. We'll help you eliminate the source of gum disease, reverse the progression of periodontitis, and protect your smile for years to come.