Infection in your gums affects your entire mouth, and sometimes the rest of your body too. Advanced gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and has been connected to serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. With gum disease treatment in North Knoxville, our team can stop it from progressing to later stages where such damage occurs.
Let us treat your gums so you can:
- Avoid damaging gum recession and bone loss that can result in losing teeth
- Lessen your potential risk of infection-related conditions such as diabetes
- Enjoy a smile with gums that look pink instead of red and inflamed
- Stop gum pain and other unpleasant symptoms like bleeding gums
Our dentists look for signs of gum disease during every dental exam so it can be treated in its early stages. If you’re experiencing gum tenderness or other symptoms, don’t wait until your next exam. Call us today at 865-947-2220 for an appointment.
We Fight Gum Infection in Several Ways
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that gets in between your teeth and gums. Gums become inflamed and infected, and “pockets” form where even more bacteria can collect. We fight this infection with:
- Scaling and Root Planing – This deep cleaning removes disease-causing bacteria (scaling) then smoothes out your tooth roots to make it harder for bacteria to accumulate (root planing). For your comfort, we can numb gums with injection-free anesthesia.
- Antibiotics – To help ensure the success of a scaling and root planing treatment and to further discourage bacteria, we apply an antibiotic called Arestin®.
We Use a Laser for Pain-Free Gum Treatment
In some cases, it’s necessary to remove diseased gum tissue. Instead of using a scalpel, our dentists make quick and painless work of the process with a dental laser. With no cutting or stitches involved, you’ll enjoy a faster recovery with less chance of infection or other complications. We use our laser for other procedures too, including treating ulcers and performing frenectomies, a procedure in which a bit of tissue is removed to make eating and speaking easier (often to correct lip tie or tongue tie in children). If you’d like an even more comfortable experience, ask us about sedation.
For gum disease treatment in North Knoxville, call Kennedy Dentistry at 865-947-2220.