Shawn L. Thompson, DDS, Inc.
(418) 287 - 3205

Gum Disease Treatment

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Do I have Gum Disease?

Do you have concerns about gum disease? Millions of people are affected and don't even know it. The dental profession calls gum disease the “silent infection.” The symptoms do not appear until the disease reaches an advanced stage. If you don't treat it in a timely manner, gum disease could lead to tooth loss.

Warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Pain in your mouth
  • Blood found when you brush, floss, or eat
  • Receding gums that make your teeth appear longer
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures

Do you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease? Contact us for an appointment. Our staff diagnoses gum disease and offers options for treatment.

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What is Gum Disease?

To understand gum disease, you must know the role plaque and tartar play in the health of your mouth.

Plaque is the sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. If you don't properly remove the plaque, it hardens to form tartar. When plaque and tartar build up between your gums and teeth, it causes inflammation. If left untreated, this causes gum disease, gum recession, and tooth loss.

Together, we prevent gum disease in your mouth. You reduce plaque by brushing and flossing each day while our professional teeth-cleaning services remove tartar.


While Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, you must take it seriously. We do.

Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it leads to a more serious form of gum disease called Periodontitis. In most cases, you reverse Gingivitis when you brush and floss regularly. Periodic dental checkups also reduce the disease.

If you have a severe cases of Gingivitis, contact us. We offer a variety of treatment options to restore your oral health.


When you ignore Gingivitis, it becomes Periodontitis. This gum disease is a severe threat to your oral and dental health.

Those who suffer with Periodontitis experience a variety of symptoms. The gums pull away from the teeth and create spaces known as pockets. These pockets become infected.

Your body’s immune system fights Periodontitis. This creates toxins that destroy the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place, leading to tooth loss.

Gum Disease Treatments

We offer non-surgical, cost-effective options to treat your gum disease. These procedures address most cases of infection. In cases of severe gum disease, you need surgery to restore optimum oral and periodontal health.

Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is an effective procedure we use to treat gum disease.

This treatment removes plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the periodontal pockets. Once we complete the initial scaling and root planing, you may not require more treatments. We recommend regular maintenance therapy to maintain your dental health.

The LANAP® Procedure

The LANAP laser surgical procedure is our recommended method for treating moderate to advanced periodontal disease. This is a less invasive option than traditional surgery and has had very successful results. The process incurs less tissue removal and bleeding, meaning less discomfort for you and it’s all done without scalpels or sutures.

How does LANAP work?

The laser has the ability to remove sub-gingival (below the gum) diseased tissue and kill bacteria with precision and without damaging nearby healthy tissue. Once the diseased cells and periodontal pockets are destroyed, the root surfaces are cleaned thoroughly with ultrasonic scalers and traditional tools. With a healthy, clean mouth, the last step is to stimulate living cells and bone to initiate healing. Any minimal bleeding that occurs is quickly stabilized by the laser.

However, LANAP is not a cure for gum disease. Control of periodontal disease and maintenance of your oral health is an ongoing process. You need long-term daily oral hygiene, regular periodontal maintenance at our office (recommended at three-month intervals), and professional monitoring and evaluation.

Prevent Gum Disease

While gum disease is a serious matter, it is preventable. Daily at-home dental care is your first step to reduce your risk. Regular checkups with our staff is another important preventative measure.

Add these habits to your daily routine:

  • Brush your teeth and tongue after meals to remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums.
  • Floss at least once per day.
  • Swish with mouthwash. Use a mouthwash product that reduces plaque and removes food particles.
  • Avoid smoking and eat healthy.
  • Get an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation (CPE) to identify symptoms of gum disease.
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Let Us Help

We can help you with your gum disease. Contact us as soon as possible and inform our staff about your symptoms. We'll schedule an appointment for you, diagnose your situation, and recommend the best course of treatment.

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