Gum therapy is a type of periodontal treatment. It includes procedures such as scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy. It is a necessary form of treatment when plaque build-up causes an infection below the gums. Untreated, periodontitis can result in loose, shifting teeth and tooth loss.
Recent evidence suggests that periodontitis may be associated with other medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Ways to prevent and treat periodontitis may include scaling and root planning by your dental professional, routine brushing and flossing twice a day and regular dental checkups.
Gum therapy may be the treatment option for you if have red, puffy, sore, or pus filled gums, receding gums, changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.