Are you noticing early signs of gum disease in Cocoa Beach, like swelling, tenderness, and bleeding? These are all signs that you need to schedule an examination as soon as possible with Dr. Nawrocki. When left untreated, this condition can cause permanent damage to your smile, which is why our dental team always attempts to treat it as soon as possible with periodontal therapy. One of the ways that we’re able to reverse the symptoms of gum disease is with scaling and root planing, which is a two-part process to help minimize the presence of harmful oral bacteria.
Gum disease is caused by the build-up of harmful oral bacteria in your mouth, which is a result of excessive plaque, tartar, and food debris accumulation. As these bacteria overrun your mouth, they feed off of sugars and carbohydrates found in plaque and release waste in the form of toxins that cause gum inflammation and infection.
In its earliest stages, this condition is treatable and even reversible. However, if it’s left to progress, it can cause permanent damage to your smile, such as tooth loss and gum recession. Scaling and root planing can help reverse the symptoms of gingivitis (the earliest stage of gum disease) and restore the health of your smile by controlling bacteria levels in your mouth.
The scaling and root planing process involves two steps. First, Dr. Nawrocki will use a dental scaler to remove all plaque and tartar accumulation from your teeth. This will help your immune system fight off lingering harmful oral bacteria. Next, he will smooth out the roots of your teeth, which will allow your gums to healthily reattach and protect them.
After the procedure is complete, you can expect to undergo a period of time where your gums feel slightly uncomfortable and tender. Typically, this doesn’t last for more than a couple of weeks and is completely normal. Here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable throughout your recovery:
If you’re experiencing bleeding gums, swelling, gum recession, or tenderness, contact our office immediately to schedule a consultation. We’ll examine your mouth and let you know whether you have the early stages of gum disease and how we can help.