Gum Disease Treatment Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Having swollen gums and seeing blood fall into the sink when you brush your teeth aren’t signs of a healthy mouth. In fact, you may need gum disease treatment. At Total Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joni Marcus, DMD, Harold Marcus, DDS, and the experienced dental team at Total Dental Care provide several modes of gum disease treatment to ease your infection. If you have symptoms of gum disease, call Total Dental Care for an appointment today.

Gum Disease Treatment Q & A

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is an infection of the soft gum tissue that surrounds your teeth. If it progresses enough without treatment, it can infect your jawbone and cause your teeth to fall out. Thankfully, most cases of gum disease are treatable and new cases are often preventable with the right home care. You might have gum disease if you have these symptoms:

  • Swollen or irritated gums
  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Persistent foul breath
  • Teeth that look long (indicative of gum recession)
  • Pain while chewing
  • Widening gaps between teeth

The team at Total Dental Care checks your gums for signs of early gum disease each time you visit the office for a standard cleaning or exam. Catching gum disease early helps you avoid costly and complicated treatments, and the team can give you preventive tactics to use at home.

What are my options for gum disease treatment?

Gum disease treatments can be nonsurgical or surgical depending on the stage that your gum disease is in. The team at Total Dental Care starts with more conservative treatments and works up to surgery if it’s necessary. Your gum disease treatment plan might include:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a standard gum disease treatment for cases in their early stages. During scaling, your dentist removes plaque with either a sharp tool or a laser. If there are pockets between your gums and teeth, root planing helps the gums reattach to the roots of your teeth. Your dentist smooths the root surfaces to do this. 

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are drugs that help fight infections, and gum infections are no exception. Your dentist may give you an antibiotic mouth rinse, a topical gel for your gums, or pills to take orally.

Soft tissue grafts

If your gums have receded beyond repair, your dentist at Total Dental Care may use a soft tissue graft to cover the roots of your teeth. They take tissue from the roof of your mouth or a donor.

How can I avoid needing future gum disease treatment?

Preventing future instances of gum disease -- and sometimes treating mild cases -- is as simple as following home care instructions from your dentist. To reduce early gum disease or prevent new cases, you should:

  • Brush two times each day
  • Floss once a day
  • Avoid or stop smoking
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
  • Get regular professional cleanings

It might also benefit you to buy an electric toothbrush since it can remove plaque and tartar more efficiently. 

To find out if you have signs of gum disease and if you need gum disease treatment, call Total Dental Care to book an appointment today.