Gums that bleed, are irritated or appear red and swollen are all common signs of periodontal disease. Left untreated, gum disease can threaten not only the health of your gums, but the integrity of your teeth. A leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease can have a systemic effect on both oral and overall health. If you are concerned about the health of your gums or have noticed changes in their appearance, schedule a visit with Shippensburg, PA dentist Dr. Zachary Sisler for diagnosis and treatment to restore health and avoid permanent damage.
It is important to recognize that healthy gums support healthy, stable teeth. When gum disease affects the integrity of the gums, the tooth structure can become compromised and lead to bigger problems, including tooth loss. Routine dental visits in our Shippensburg dentist office play a key role in preventing gum disease from developing or advancing. Dr. Sisler performs a thorough periodontal screening as part of routine dental care, looking for the early warning signs of gum disease. This provides the opportunity for us to offer personalized oral hygiene care and advice for your unique needs. There are a wide range of factors affecting the health of your gums and any treatment recommended will be tailored to your concerns.
Treatment For Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums, or another symptom of gum disease, should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible to avoid the development of complex problems. Deteriorating gum health can lead to loose teeth, changes in the bite and permanent soft tissue damage. Dr. Sisler will determine the stage of existing gum disease and recommend the most appropriate treatment option(s) for restoring and maintaining healthy gums.
- Antibacterial rinses: for early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, conservative measures such as an antibacterial rinse to be used at home can address bacteria growth and help the gums heal.
- Scaling and root planing: for gingivitis and early stage periodontitis, this thorough cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gums and along the tooth roots.
- Oral surgery or laser dentistry: for advanced periodontal disease, Dr. Sisler may coordinate your care with a local specialist to address damaged gum tissue and restore oral health.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have concerns about the health of your gums or have been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety or fear, we invite you to schedule a visit with Dr. Sisler and experience the personalized, compassionate dental care our team offers. To schedule an appointment contact us at (717) 271-7052 or request one online.