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Gum Disease Treatment

Our caring dentist provides treatment for gum disease in Burnsville, Minnesota, to get you back on the path to good oral health. While our most common treatment is a deep dental cleaning to remove bacteria, there are other treatments we may provide or recommend if necessary. Gum disease has been linked to other medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you believe you have periodontal disease, contact Oak Ridge Dental at 952-435-0355 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeff Olson and begin regaining your oral health.

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.

Close-up image of mouth with inflamed gums

If your gums are swollen, red or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!