Four out of five people are suffering from periodontal disease, and many of them have no idea that their smiles are in danger.

When gum disease is left untreated, it progresses to periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss and bone deterioration. Dr. Ronda Van Horn can remove harmful bacteria from the gum line to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

When you visit us for periodontal care, you will be pleasantly surprised by a relaxing atmosphere. Our friendly team members will make sure you feel at ease while we administer gentle gum disease treatment. We take the time to listen to each patient and develop a treatment plan together. Advanced technology like ultrasonic instruments can make your deep cleaning process totally painless.

Not only will we remove the threatening plaque from your teeth and gums, but we can educate you about keeping your gums healthy at home. You can control gum disease with proper brushing and flossing techniques so that your teeth will last for a lifetime.

Reasons for Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease begins with a mild gum inflammation called gingivitis. It is important to treat swollen gums before the gingivitis becomes more aggressive. Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults living in the developed world, and should be taken seriously.

Gingivitis | Do you have red, swollen, or painful gums? Do you bleed easily when you brush and floss? These are the symptoms of gingivitis, but some patients experience no symptoms at all.
Moderate to Advanced Gum Disease | Gums will bleed and appear red and swollen. The jawbone begins to recede, and the teeth may shift or become loose.
Localized Gum Recession | This infection causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, eventually exposing the sensitive tooth roots.

For these reasons among others, you may need treatment for gum disease. Dr. Ronda Van Horn provides effective care to quickly restore your oral health.

Comfortable Gum Treatment at Island City Dentistry

In the case of mild or moderate periodontal problems, Dr. Van Horn will focus on curing the underlying bacterial infection. She will help you develop good care habits personalized to your needs that will prevent the return of gum disease in the future.

We may recommend a scaling and planing process to remove the tartar from the teeth and tissues. More advanced procedures like crown lengthening or ridge augmentation may become necessary to reverse the complications of periodontitis.

To learn more about gum therapy at Island City Dentistry, please contact the office today!