Gum disease is a common condition impacting many Americans. It occurs when bacteria grows in your mouth and causes an inflammation of your gum tissue. If caught in its early stages, gum disease is highly treatable. However, if it isn't properly treated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and a variety of other serious health conditions.
Dr. Sue Wendling offers several periodontal treatment options to help restore healthy gums. The right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your gum disease.
Scaling and root planing is the most common form of periodontal therapy, and it is highly effective when gum disease is caught in its early stages. This treatment is essentially a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums. During your procedure, Dr. Wendling will scrape the plaque and tartar lodged underneath your gum line and then smooth out the surface of your root in order to avoid accumulation of harmful bacteria in the future.
If your gum disease has advanced to a more severe stage, you may require more extensive treatment. Dr. Wendling offers perioscopy, a treatment that uses a dental endoscope to identify bacteria remaining in your gum pockets after your scaling and root planing treatment. This endoscopic view enables Dr. Wendling to more effectively target these bacteria in order to facilitate proper healing of your gum tissue.
If you're suffering from periodontal disease, it's crucial that you seek treatment at once. Dr. Wendling can help restore healthy gum tissue so that you avoid developing other serious oral health problems down the road.
Please contact Wendling Contemporary Dental Health using the form on this page or call 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Wendling serves patients in Portland and throughout the surrounding areas of Oregon.