If you need help restoring your smile because of problems with your gums, we can help. A healthy smile is dependent on healthy gums as well as teeth. Unfortunately, gum disease is actually quite common and can invite disastrous effects on your oral health.
Caused by dental plaque infecting gum tissue, gum disease results in gum tissue pulling away from the teeth, develop pockets where plaque can collect, and result in tooth and supportive bone loss. Plaque is that sticky biofilm where bacteria thrive, and you can feel it in your mouth when you run your tongue along your teeth before you brush. Plaque steadily builds up on your tongue, teeth, and gums.
You can recognize the symptoms of gum disease in your smile if you notice the following:
- Receding gums, bleeding gums, red or swollen gums.
- Loose teeth.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Chronic bad taste in the mouth.
- Changes in your bite and how your teeth fit together.
At Wheelock & Associates Dentistry, we offer laser gum treatments for our patients in Sioux City, Iowa battling gum disease. Using a laser, bacteria are destroyed and infected gum tissue is removed. We can stop the progression of gum disease by providing a healthier environment for gum tissue to grow. Laser gum treatment is efficient while comfortable for you. Laser gum treatment removes unhealthy tissue, minimizes bleeding, lowers your risk for infection and doesn’t require stitches.
If you need help overcoming gum disease in your smile, we invite you to give us a call at 712-274-2038. Dr. Wheelock, Dr. Bursick, Dr. Baller, and Dr. Post will make sure that your teeth and gums get the care they deserve!