Treatment for Gum Disease in Nashville

Even with good at-home care, periodontitis (gum disease) can strike when you least expect it.

If you’ve started noticing a change in the health of your gums, Dr. Shipp offers restorative treatment for mild to moderate gum disease.

What Can Cause Gum Disease?

Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is caused by poor oral hygiene. If you practice poor at-home care and skip your regular cleanings, you are at an increased risk of developing gum disease.

This is due to a build-up of bacterial plaque on the surfaces of your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque attacks your sensitive gum tissues and causes infections that can detract from your overall oral health.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Left untreated, gum disease can advance to severe periodontitis. At this stage, the infections can result in the loss of gum tissue, jawbone tissue, and even your teeth.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

While gum disease may occasionally present without symptoms, there are many common signs that you may be living with gum disease in Nashville or the surrounding area. These signs include:

  • Swollen, puffy, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
  • Persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis)
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Pus between the gums and tooth roots
  • Toothache
  • Oral sores

How Do You Treat Gum Disease?

At Belle Meade Smile Center, we offer a full range of treatments to combat periodontitis and reverse its effects, giving you a clean bill of dental health.

Depending on your treatment needs and the severity of your case, Dr. Shipp may recommend one or more of the following services:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Gingivectomy
  • Root surface debridement
  • Laser treatment
  • Pocket reduction
  • Ridge preservation
  • Regenerative procedures
  • Bone grafting