Gum Disease Treatment – Natick, MA

Treating Gums to Protect Your Health

Your oral health is more than just keeping your pearly whites gleaming! You also need to pay attention to your gum health. Gum disease affects more the 75% of adults in the United States, and in fact, is the number one reason why Americans lose their teeth. Gum disease has also been linked to systemic illnesses, including heart disease and strokes. At Papageorgiou Dental Associates, we can alleviate your gum disease problems with gum disease treatment in Natick, MA.

Why Choose Papageorgiou Dental Associates
for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • State of the Art Dental Technology
  • Convenient Appointment Times
  • Team That Treats You Like Family

What Causes Gum Disease?

Animated smile during deep cleaning to remove plaque that leads to gum disease

Gum disease is caused by a number of factors. Your risk for having periodontal issues is much higher if you:

  • Have crooked teeth
  • Use tobacco
  • Suffer health issues such as diabetes
  • Take steroids
  • Endure cancer therapy
  • Have cavities or bad fillings

Even if you take care to brush and floss daily, you may get gum disease because you’re genetically predisposed, or if you’re pregnant. Periodontal therapy removes the bacteria from your gums, and eliminates calculus from your enamel. Called root scaling and planing, this process can be performed with traditional dental tools, or with lasers. You can rely on the dental hygienists at Papageorgiou Dental Associates to give you gentle, quality periodontal therapy.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Closeup of smile with inflamed gums

It’s important to schedule periodontal therapy at our Natick dental office if you’re experiencing one or more gum disease symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding during or after brushing
  • Bad breath that does not respond to treatments
  • Tenderness or swelling
  • Extreme redness or discoloration
  • Bite that feels wrong or off
  • Dentures that slip or no longer fit well
  • Teeth that feel loose or seem to be shifting
  • Pus exuding from pockets around teeth

Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

Dentist performing scaling and root planing deep cleaning for gum disease

Deep cleaning is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth, including the roots that are normally covered by the gums. The first step is scaling, which is where the harmful substances around and under the gum line are gently scraped away. Then, once the roots are clean, we can smooth them out with root planing. This helps prevent future infections because it’s harder for bacteria to attach to the teeth without any rough surfaces to cling to.

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