How Is Gum Disease Treated? | Smiles Dental | Northwest Dentist

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

Are your gums bleed a lot when you brush your teeth? Have you noticed pockets forming between your teeth and gums? You may be suffering from gum disease. The sooner you seek treatment for gum disease, the easier it is to get under control. Luckily, Smiles Dental has treatment options for all stages of periodontal disease!

Graphic showing the stages of periodontal or gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

It is an oral infection that targets the gums. It forms when plaque and tartar build-up on teeth and harmful bacteria start attacking the gums. Usually, it starts off as gingivitis and progresses to periodontitis if left untreated. Some signs of gum disease include:

  • Bad Breath
  • Loose Teeth
  • Pockets Forming Between Teeth & Gums
  • Swollen & Bleeding Gums
  • White Spots on Gums

Treatments for Gum Disease


ARESTIN is an antibiotic used to treat mild cases of gingivitis. After a dental cleaning, it is placed in the pockets between the teeth and gum line to kill off the bacteria and help reduce pocket size.

Scaling and Root Planing

This treatment is most commonly used to combat milder forms of gum disease. Scaling and root planning is essentially a very deep cleaning of the teeth and gums followed by re-contouring the gum line. During a scaling and root planning treatment, the hygienist will start by removing all of the plaque and tartar buildups at and below the gum line.

Removing all of the harmful bacteria, your hygienist will begin reshaping your gums to encourage them to reattach to your teeth. This helps reduce the pocket size and prevents bacteria from gathering.

Laser Gum Therapy

For advanced periodontitis, scaling and root planing isn’t enough to get rid of diseased gum. Laser therapy gently removes diseased gum tissue and harmful bacteria by using state-of-the-art dental lasers. The lasers promote gum regrowth and regeneration to help patients get their oral health back on track after treatment.

Brunette woman with periodontal disease covers her mouth in embarrassment

Schedule Your Consultation

Have you been experiencing any signs of gum disease? Please contact our office to book your consultation and get started on a personalized treatment plan as soon as possible!

Regular dental exams and cleanings are a good way to prevent gum disease. We have a professional team in Smiles Dental offices across the Pacific NW that is ready to help you maintain optimal oral health.

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