Gum disease is preventable if you follow a normal oral hygiene routine and routine dental checkups at Westermann Family Dentistry. Family dentist Dr. Kimberly Westermann suggest that patients’ schedule a regular visit to her Louisville, KY dental office for biannual screenings for gum disease and other complex dental problems. If gum disease is caught early, Dr. Westermann may be able to reverse the effects of the disease without the need for advanced treatment. If you do notice any signs or symptoms of gum disease, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Westermann as soon as possible. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to the periodontitis, which may result in tooth loss. If you have any questions or you need to schedule an appointment, contact our Louisville, KY dental office.
Solutions For Gum Disease in Louisville, KY
If you notice any of these signs of symptoms of gum disease, we suggest you schedule an appointment to see if you have developed gum disease.
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Receding gum line
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Consistent bad breath (halitosis)
If you have developed gum disease, Dr. Westermann will work with you to find the right treatment for your dental needs.
- Antibacterial rinse and at home oral hygiene: This treatment can be used in the early stages of gum disease. This type of treatment can help remove harmful bacteria that may contribute to the development of gum disease.
- Scaling and root planing: This treatment is an extensive cleaning of deep pockets that form around the gums and teeth. Dr. Westermann will remove tartar and plaque from below the gumline during this treatment.
- Laser dentistry: Dr. Westermann may use the Waterlase dental laser to remove damaged gum tissue and promote healing for patients with more advanced gum disease (periodontitis).