If caught early, gingivitis can be treated fairly easily and effectively. A small mirror and a probing tool is used to spot bleeding gums. The more spots that bleed, the more likely your gum disease is severe.

Hard mineral deposits (tartar) above and below the gum line are a problem area that is usually addressed during this treatment, as are areas where your gums are pulling away from your teeth and pockets have formed between your teeth and gums. Deeper pockets indicate severe gum disease.

On occasion, samples of the bacteria are removed from the spaces between the teeth and gums to determine what type of bacterial infection is present. This also can aid in selecting the proper treatment regimen.

X-rays of your teeth may be taken to look for bone damage and other problems.

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F. Neal Pylant, D.M.D., P.C.

706-543-0026
375 Hawthorne Lane Athens, GA 30606-2153