Early treatments may include antibiotics or scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a treatment to fix bleeding gums and can be performed by Chester, NJ periodontist, Dr. Thomas A. Bissell and his team of dental professionals.The stages of periodontal disease are marked by the severity of your periodontal infection and can manifest in symptoms such as swollen, bleeding and receding gums, and even tooth loss. If you have recently begun to notice bleeding upon brushing or slightly inflamed gum tissues, schedule a visit with Dr. Bissell to determine if your infection has progressed to a more serious condition. In the early stages of gum disease, scaling and root planing are an excellent treatment to fix bleeding gums.
Dr. Bissell will begin by administering a local anesthetic for your comfort. This periodontal treatment consists of cleaning deep below the gum line along the tooth root. Calculus (tartar) will be removed using an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments designed to clean the root surfaces. Scaling refers to the removal of tartar while planing is basically a smoothing away of any rough or infected tooth material. These are performed in conjunction and once complete, your teeth and gums will become progressively healthier with proper home care.
After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Dr. Bissell may recommend a mouth rinse during the first few days, as the gums may bleed and remain tender for a short time.
Dr. Thomas A. Bissell, a leading periodontist in Chester, NJ, offers a unique and specialized approach to periodontal disease. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Bissell has additional training and experience in identifying and treating periodontal disease – a skill he brings with him to each patient’s unique situation. Dr. Bissell offers a variety of advanced periodontal treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment, dental implants, gum grafting, tooth extraction, socket preservation, osseous surgery, scaling and root planing and sedation options.