Gum Disease Therapy in Naples
Keeping an Eye on Your Oral Health
Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults. It has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes complications, osteoporosis, low-weight births, and other serious health conditions. Many people don’t even know they have gum disease because symptoms can be mild.
If you notice red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gum tissue, you may have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. In the early stages, simply changing your oral home care habits might help. However, if the condition progresses, therapy may be needed.
Reach out to our trustworthy dentists at (239) 319-4059 to learn more about gum disease treatment in Naples!
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can be caused by medications, diseases, or, more commonly, from plaque buildup. When plaque hardens into tartar, it irritates sensitive gum tissue. Decaying food particles add to the problem, and the bacterial infection known as gum disease can set in.
When you visit Smiles by Hale, one of our friendly hygienists will inspect your teeth and gums, and make you aware of any signs or problems.
If you have gum disease, we may recommend:
- Soft tissue laser for removal of bacteria and infection
- Scaling to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root planing to smooth rough areas on teeth roots, where plaque tends to accumulate
- Arestin antibiotic treatment
To make your non-surgical gum disease therapy more comfortable, we apply Oraqix, a topical numbing agent that often replaces anesthesia injections. You may need a few appointments to complete your therapy. We may also want to see you regularly (usually every three months) for a cleaning and checkup. With digital charting, we can track your progress so that we can keep your gums healthy.
Dr. Hale and the Smiles by Hale team care for patients that seek gum disease therapy in Naples, as well as Estero, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, and beyond. Contact us at (239) 319-4059 to schedule your dental consultation today!