How Is Gum Disease Treated?

In the following video, Brent Bradford, DDS, explains the different types of periodontal disease and the methods we use to effectively treat them.

Gum disease can be categorized into two main types: periodontal disease and gingivitis. Periodontal disease is the more severe form, where the bone is affected by the bacteria. Gingivitis, on the other hand, is milder and often considered a precursor to periodontal disease. As it progresses along the continuum, gingivitis can lead to the more severe condition if left untreated.

Treating gingivitis involves a thorough cleaning to remove bacteria and calculus (tartar) from the surface of your teeth. This can usually be managed with regular dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene at home. Periodontal disease requires a more intensive approach to remove bacteria from the root surfaces beneath the gum line.

Dental hygienists use specially designed instruments that can reach into the crevices and concavities of the root surfaces where regular flossing may miss. Roots are not smooth, perfectly shaped cones; they have dips and grooves where bacteria can hide.

That’s why professional cleanings are essential to managing gum disease effectively. If you suspect you have signs of gum disease, it’s important to get a professional evaluation to determine the right course of treatment.


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Dr. Brent Bradford

Dr. Brent A. Bradford welcomes you to his general and family dental practice located in the North Medical Center in Liverpool, New York. Dr. Bradford takes an interest in the impact that oral health can have on the overall health of his patients, in addition to helping them maintain or achieve a feeling of self-confidence related to their teeth and smile.

Dr. Bradford particularly enjoys helping patients in the areas of aesthetic and restorative dentistry. His aesthetic work includes bleaching, bonding and veneers. His restorative dentistry goes beyond crown and bridge work to include the innovative mini dental implants.

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