Gum Treatment

Dr. Wayne Suway recommends routine cleanings and checkups to detect gum disease, a very common condition that affects millions of Americans. If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Suway offers state-of-the-art, non-surgical treatment options in advanced dentistry to prevent your condition from getting worse.

Bleeding or inflamed gums, persistent bad breath, and/or tooth loss, are all signs of potential gum disease. Much too often, patients aren’t aware they have the condition until it has caused irreversible damage to their teeth and gums. In fact, untreated gum disease can increase the risk of developing conditions that threaten your overall health. That’s why diagnosis and treatment are essential to avoiding the serious effects this condition can cause.

If you would like to learn more about our treatment options, or would like to set up an appointment, please contact us today!

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that can increase your risk for systemic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene, but it can be influenced by such factors as tobacco use, certain medications, and crooked teeth. Even those who take excellent care of their teeth and gums can be affected by gum disease. The beginning stage of gum disease is gingivitis, where bacteria begin to thrive and produce plaque. If this continues to go untreated, the bacteria will continue to affect the soft tissues inside the mouth, taking the condition to a more serious level. Gum disease can eventually lead to tooth decay, cosmetic and functional issues, tooth loss, and overall health problems.

Although gum disease may not be obvious to the average person in its beginning stages, the following symptoms are often signs of the disease developing:

  • Bleeding or swelling gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Changed bite alignment

The good news is, when gum disease is caught early, further damage can be prevented. If you experience any of the above symptoms, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with an experienced dental or periodontal professional for immediate treatment.

Gum Treatment Options

Your treatment plan will ultimately depend upon the severity of your gum disease. For mild to intermediate cases, a special laser can be used to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Through this technology, the effects of gum disease can be slowed, if not completely stopped. If a patient shows signs of more severe damage, Dr. Suway may recommend additional treatments.

Laser Gum Cleaning
Our laser technology is designed to treat soft-tissue damage before it becomes a severe problem. The laser allows for a pain-free method of removing and killing bacteria deep between the gums and teeth. It also acts as a sterilization device for gums before or during such treatments as root canals or cavity procedures. Our dental hygienist, Stephanie, performs the deep cleaning with patient comfort in mind. Many people have even commented on how gentle she is. She takes her time to thoroughly clean below the gum line for best damage prevention.

Advanced Options
If a patient’s gum disease is at a more advanced level, additional treatment may be necessary. For these cases, Dr. Suway often recommends antibacterial solutions, mouth rinses, or deep scaling and root planing (a non-surgical method of removing bacteria and tartar deep within the gum pockets). To monitor any changes and help slow the progress of gum disease, more frequent checkups and cleanings may also be necessary.

Dr. Suway encourages his patients to be proactive in their oral health, so gum disease never becomes a problem. By living a healthy lifestyle and practicing good oral hygiene through routine brushing, flossing, and oral exams, you can go a long way toward reducing the many risks associated with gum disease.

Why Choose Dr. Suway for Your Gum Treatment?

Dr. Wayne Suway has many years of experience treating patients with gum disease. With the advanced laser cleaning technology, he can effectively treat gum disease in a gentle, virtually pain-free way. Dr. Suway and his dental team pursue additional training and education to provide patients with the best, most up-to-date treatment options possible.

Contact Dr. Wayne Suway

If you would like to learn more about gum disease, or if you think you may have the condition, please contact our Gum Treatment Dentist today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

Our Patient Reviews

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 40 reviews

Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.