Gum Therapy (or Scaling and Root Planing (SRP)) – is the most effective way to treat gum disease. During SRP, the dentist cleans between the gums and teeth, down to the root. In most cases, Dr. Hubler will use a local anesthetic for this procedure to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.. It is important that individuals with gum (periodontal) disease have this procedure done.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the gums and tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. It is estimated that over half of all Americans suffer from some form of gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. This bacteria will create toxins that will weaken and damage your gums. In the earliest stage of, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and will bleed easily, especially while brushing and flossing. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be treated with a diligent home care routine. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to avoid it from progressing. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth can become loose, fall out or may have to be extracted. You may notice spaces between your teeth that weren’t there before or an unpleasant odor to your breath.
If you notice any these or any of the following signs of gum disease, Call Dr. Hubler immediately for an examination: