Gum Disease Treatment in Lincoln, NE

Your gums are an essential component of your oral health, though they’re often overlooked in our daily hygiene routines. If they become infected, it could put your well-being at risk. Gum disease is a common but serious issue that should be treated early to prevent health complications.

At Family and Implant Dentistry, we offer surgical and non-surgical treatments to address gum disease. Dr. Hoffman will determine which methods will most effectively support your healthy gums.

What Is Gum Disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease occurs when your gums become infected by bacteria. This condition puts both your gums’ soft tissue and your overall oral health at risk of serious harm.

Gum disease develops in two primary stages:

  1. Gingivitis: This early stage of gum disease is mild, so you likely won’t experience painful or noticeable symptoms. Seeking treatment at this stage can typically reverse an infection and completely restore your gum’s health.
  2. Periodontitis: When left untreated, gingivitis advances into periodontitis, a more serious condition. You’ll likely experience painful symptoms like bleeding and inflamed gums. The effects of this stage may not be fully reversible.

Thankfully, gum disease can be easily prevented and treated. To preserve the health of your gums, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and visit our Lincoln office at least twice a year. Dr. Hoffman can detect the early signs of gum disease and provide effective treatment before it can progress.

Who Is at Risk for Gum Disease?

The leading cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, which is why this condition is considered easily preventable. However, there are other risk factors, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Severe stress
  • Smoking or oral tobacco use
  • Medications that reduce saliva production
  • Genetics
  • Certain health conditions that compromise immune systems (i.e. AIDS and cancer)

Signs of Gum Disease

Catching gum disease early can save you from a variety of painful symptoms. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment at the first sign of this condition.

Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth loss

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at our Lincoln office right away by calling (402) 486-0825. Dr. Hoffman will give you a thorough check-up and determine which treatment will be most effective for you.

Treating Gum Disease

Putting off treatment could allow gum disease to progress, leaving you with painful and potentially irreversible symptoms. At Family and Implant Dentistry, we offer non-surgical and surgical treatments for your convenience:

Non-surgical Treatments

If your disease is caught in its early stages, non-surgical treatments may be enough to stop the infection and promote healing.

  • Scaling: A minimally invasive procedure in which plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of the teeth near the gumline.
  • Root Planing: A procedure in which plaque and infected tissue near teeth roots and underneath the gums are removed. The root planing process smoothes the surfaces of your tooth, making them more resistant to sticky plaque and tartar.
  • Gum Flap Procedure: Sometimes done in conjunction with other treatments, this procedure involves pulling back the gums to better access and clean tooth roots where root planing can’t reach.

 

Surgical Treatment

For severe cases of gum diseases, Dr. Hoffman may recommend surgical treatments to stop the spread of infection and preserve your oral health.

  • Bone Graft: This procedure involves restoring a deteriorated jawbone by applying a donor bone graft to the depleted area.
  • Soft Tissue Augmentation: Similar to a bone graft, this procedure applies donor tissue to the patient’s gums to promote healing and reverse the recession.
  • Alloderm: Similar to soft tissue augmentation, though the patient’s own tissue is used to restore depleted areas of their gums.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I keep my gums healthy?

In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, it’s best to keep up with your biannual visits to our Lincoln office for routine cleanings and exams. For optimal gum health, you should:

  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Use a therapeutic mouthwash to rinse between meals
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Watch for signs of unhealthy gums or gum disease
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Address teeth grinding

 

 

How soon after treatment will symptoms of gum disease go away?

After a deep cleaning, any discomfort and swelling should subside within a few weeks. The time it takes for the symptoms to subside depends on the extent of the infection and the condition of your oral health.

In addition to following any recommendations by Dr. Hoffman, you should rinse with warm salt water to keep your mouth free of bacteria and promote gum healing. In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses to alleviate discomfort and swelling.

What is the best treatment for gum disease?

The best treatment for gum disease is always prevention. However, if you’re diagnosed with this condition, visit our Lincoln office right away for treatment. Dr. Hoffman will be able to determine which treatment will be most effective for your unique needs.

Can gum disease be cured?

Once the disease has reached periodontitis, it can’t be fully reversed. However, Dr. Hoffman may recommend more frequent visits to stop the disease from progressing.

If the disease is caught early on, it can be reversed with a deep cleaning at our Lincoln office. In addition, you’ll want to be diligent about your oral hygiene care following your treatment by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.

If you suspect you have gum disease, don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. It’s vital to treat gum disease right away to stop the disease from progressing. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman by calling our Lincoln office at (402) 486-0825.

 

Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Hoffman

Gum disease is a harmful disease that can wreak havoc on your gums and teeth, causing painful symptoms and potentially leading to tooth loss. If you suspect you need treatment, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman.

Contact our Lincoln office today by calling (402) 486-0825 or filling out a contact form. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment or cleaning to restore your smile.