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Dr. Kiehl on Gum Disease Treatment Read Transcript

Healthy gums are just as important to your oral health as healthy teeth, if not more so. But almost half of adults over age 30 have gum (periodontal) disease. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and studies have linked it to serious health conditions like ulcers and diabetes. We take gum disease seriously in our Nashua, NH dentist office. Dr. James Kiehl and Dr. Stephen Cohen include a gum disease screening during dental exams. In its early stages, we can eliminate it with a thorough dental cleaning. And we use several gum disease treatment such as laser dentistry to treat more advanced cases.

Call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460 for a gum disease screening.

How We Treat Gum Disease

If a dental cleaning doesn’t take care of gum disease, we use a treatment called scaling and root planing. We deep clean your teeth and their roots, then smooth your roots to help prevent bacteria from collecting underneath your gumline. To ensure you feel no discomfort, we can numb the area with anesthesia.

If scaling and root planing isn’t enough to take care of the problem, we can use a soft-tissue laser to gently sanitize periodontal pockets. This promotes healing and eliminates the cause of the infection, without the pain and hassle of surgical procedures with a scalpel.

Advantages of laser dentistry over traditional surgical treatments include:

  • Quicker procedure
  • Faster healing
  • Practically pain-free

Gum Disease Explained

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that gets below your gums and creates “pockets” where even more bacteria can collect. As your body tries to fight this infection, it begins breaking down the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth.

You’ll likely have tender, inflamed gums in the early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis. As the disease progresses, it destroys not just tissue but bone. This stage is called periodontitis, and it’s when you can begin losing teeth.

Get a gum disease treatment at Nashua Family Dentistry. Call 603-546-7460 or use our online form to visit our Nashua, NH dentist office.

Call Today to Make An Appointment

If you and your family are ready to receive dental care from a team who is highly skilled, compassionate, and can offer all the services you need under one roof, you have come to the right place. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office directly at 603-546-7460. You can also send us a message using our online form. Just fill it out, click submit, and we will respond promptly. We will be happy to help you and your family get the care you need. We can’t wait to meet you!

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