Gum Disease Treatment in West Jordan, UT

Gum disease is something we all need to avoid. Usually, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing can keep it away, along with two visits to the dentist per year.

But if bacteria ever get out of control on your gums, causing inflammation or bleeding, the infection creates acid that damages the surface and roots of your teeth.

Our dentists are experienced in diagnosing and treating gum disease; plus, we can help you stop it from recurring. We even use LANAP soft tissue laser technology to painlessly clean and treat your gums.

Call Jordan Landing Dental Care now to schedule an exam, consultation, and gum disease diagnosis with our dentists.

The Health Risks of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease is not just a problem in your gums. It starts there, but the bacterial buildup on your gums can also cause:

  • Damage to teeth, which can lead to tooth loss
  • Issues associated with diabetes
  • Damage to the heart linked to heart disease
  • Brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease and stroke
  • Inflamed tissues connected to arthritis
  • Birth complications

As the infection spreads, bacteria may disrupt other vital systems in your body. Even if it stays concentrated in the mouth, it can cause difficulty eating, tooth pain, bad breath, and much more. If a tooth becomes too damaged by bacteria, your dentist may need to perform an extraction.

Why Choose Us for Your Gum Care Team?

Our dentists have decades of combined experience in gum disease diagnosis and scaling and root planing, and we often collaborate with gum care specialists. We focus on preventing and catching gum disease early through regular checkups.

Plus, we’re one of only 10 practices in Utah certified in the use of laser dentistry treatments like LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) for gum care. This innovative system gives you:

  • Faster healing
  • Less bleeding
  • More comfort
  • High treatment success

When you come to Jordan Landing Dental Care for your periodontal treatment, you’ll receive personalized care with the latest dental technology.

Affordable, Painless Gum Disease Treatment

If you have any tooth pain, gum discomfort, or signs of gum disease, we need to examine you immediately for the best outcome—which may save a tooth. Contact Jordan Landing Dental Care today for a comfortable examination with experienced, caring dentists in West Jordan, UT.

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How Periodontal Treatment Will Elevate Your Health

How Periodontal Treatment Will Elevate Your Health

Defining Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a condition in the gums and bones supporting your teeth. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene habits, using tobacco, genetics, and certain medical problems, including diabetes.

It happens when bacteria form a layer of plaque on the teeth, which then attacks the gums, causing inflammation and other issues, such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Painful gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make a dental appointment quickly. The infection can be treated best in the early stages.

Stopping Gum Disease

Bacteria on our teeth feed on our food and release acid. Over time, this can leave pits and holes in our teeth, along with irritating and even destroying gum tissue. To stop the progression of gum disease, your dentist may use:

  • Antibiotics to fight bacteria.
  • Scaling and root planing to clean the teeth and help the gums reattach to the teeth.
  • Laser therapy to stimulate new gum tissue growth and shape your gums.

Saving Your Teeth

If a gum disease infection spreads too far, it can cause irreversible damage that could cause tooth loss. Why? Because the gums nourish and support the teeth, and if gums are damaged, the teeth lose much of their support system.

Plus, gum disease can also damage the bone under the teeth that holds them in place. That’s why gum disease treatment can save teeth—and help prevent costly tooth restoration services.

Relieving Gum Disease Symptoms

Some symptoms of gum disease cause problems in your everyday life. But periodontal disease treatment can help in these ways:

  • Bleeding Gums: Scaling and root planing removes the tartar and plaque that causes bleeding gums.
  • Loose Teeth: This is caused by damage to the supporting bone under the teeth. Treatment helps stop this bone damage.
  • Bad Breath: An infection makes a bad smell, which treatment dramatically reduces.

Improving Your Smile

Gum disease can make your smile look unattractive, especially if you have swollen, reddish, or bleeding gums. You might also hide your smile if your breath is chronically bad because of a bacterial infection.

If gum disease leads to tooth loss, that would also directly damage your smile. Gum disease treatment can relieve these problems and let you smile confidently again. We can also reshape and stimulate your gums.

Preventing Related Health Complications

Gum disease is linked in studies with other health problems, and our dentists stay up-to-date on that research. Gum disease can contribute to:

  • Diabetes.
  • Heart attacks.
  • Birth complications.
  • Joint inflammation.
  • Brain problems.

In gum disease, bacteria multiply to unsafe levels. If they cause bleeding gums and enter your veins, they’ll attack your organs. By having your gums checked regularly, you can protect your health.

Improving Your Quality of Life

Imagine how your life could improve from healthier gums and teeth. You can enjoy:

  • A More Comfortable Mouth: Avoiding inflamed gums, tooth pain, and tooth decay that cause pain.
  • Better Dental Cosmetics: Getting a better-looking smile by having healthy gum tissue growth, stable teeth, and a contoured gum line—along with preventing bad breath.
  • Overall Health: Protecting your brain, joints, and other organs from infection.

Saving Money on Medical Services

Gum disease treatment is a great use of your money, because it may help you avoid larger medical expenses in the long run. How?

We’ve discussed the serious health issues related to gum disease above, including tooth loss, diabetes, heart disease, and others. The cost difference is huge between, say, cleaning your gums and a heart attack hospitalization.

So, having your teeth and gums checked today can save you money.

Creating Oral Hygiene Habits

Oral hygiene is important for your wellbeing—your ability to eat nutritious foods, interact socially, feel comfortable, and more. Periodontal treatments can clean and heal your gums, but afterward, you may want to build up your oral hygiene habits.

These include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing daily, replacing your toothbrush when it wears out, avoiding sugary snacks, and more.

What to Expect on Periodontal Treatment Day

The Consultation and Exam

During your consultation, you’ll share your medical and dental history, along with gum disease symptoms you’ve experienced. Your dental team will examine your teeth and gums to map out the condition and find any damage to your teeth and gums.

If you need gum disease treatment, we’ll explain your options and how each periodontal treatment works. Ask any questions! We’ll help you understand before we move forward.

Gum Disease Diagnosis

How does your dentist diagnose gum disease? We’ll use proven methods, such as:

  • Inspecting your gums for bleeding and swelling.
  • Checking the depth of the pockets around your teeth.
  • Using dental x-rays to see any jaw bone loss.
  • Examining your medical records for risk factors related to gum disease.

When your dentist diagnoses your gum disease, he can then decide what level of gum disease treatment will serve you best.

The Treatment Plan

If you need gum disease treatments, we’ll plan a combination for your specific case, based on:

  • Disease Severity: A milder case could require scaling and root planing, whereas a more severe case could require surgery.
  • Your Physical Health: Your health history will guide us toward interventions—say, antibiotics if you have a heart problem.
  • Your Preferences: Let us know if you don’t want certain options, such as surgery.

Non-Surgical Options

We can treat many cases of gum disease with:

  • Scaling: Cleaning the plaque and tartar from your teeth below the gum line, down to the roots of your teeth, with anesthesia for comfort.
  • Root Planing: Smoothing and reshaping the surface of the teeth below the gumline, helping the gums reattach to your teeth.
  • Laser Gum Treatment: Destroying bacteria using focused light, along with stimulating and reshaping the gums.

Surgical Options

When surgery is necessary, we will recommend it. Dentists use these and other surgical treatments for gum disease:

  • Pocket Reduction: Treating deep pockets in the gums around the teeth.
  • Regenerative Services: Helping replace the gum tissue and bone that were lost because of gum disease.
  • Dental Implants: Replacing a missing tooth or teeth, dental implants can last a lifetime and support crowns, bridges, or dentures.

After-Treatment Care

Your dentist will discuss your next appointment, and our team will schedule it with you. In follow up appointments, we’ll check the progress of your healing and make any necessary corrections.

You may also need regular exams and cleanings more often than you used to—say, four times per year instead of two. That’s because you could be at greater risk of gum disease recurrence, which we want to help you avoid.

Long-Term Gum Maintenance

You’ll be happier with your smile if you form a few habits to maintain your gums, including:

  • Brushing Twice a Day: You need to control bacteria buildups to avoid re-infection.
  • Flossing: You may want to switch to flossing every time you brush, which helps improve gum health.
  • Changing Health Habits: Quitting smoking is a giant boost to your gum health. Also, reduce your sugary snacks and drinks, and eat a balanced diet.

Care Plan Adjustments

In follow-up appointments, we will check how well your gums are healing. If healing slows or stalls, we will have to adjust our plan. Flexibility is important after gum disease treatment.

Plan adjustments can range from changing your toothbrush type to additional gum disease treatment. We’ll focus on preventing gum disease from returning first. But some medical conditions, genetics, or habits can make it come back.

Factors That Influence Periodontal Treatment

You have a great amount of agency over maintaining your own gum health. It’s like you have several dials that you can turn up or down to change the success of periodontal treatments, including:

  • Eating healthy foods
  • Leading a healthy lifestyle
  • Brushing and flossing

Other factors that affect the gums include immune system disorders, diabetes, and other health conditions, which you can monitor and manage to some extent.

Personal Oral Hygiene

Building these and other habits is vital for controlling oral bacteria:

  • Brush your teeth first thing in the morning and at night.
  • Floss between your teeth once or twice per day.
  • Maintain our recommended dental visit schedule. You may need three or four appointments per year.


By damaging the gums, smoking leaves them vulnerable to infection. It can also slow down healing after periodontal treatment and increase the odds of the disease returning.

Quitting will be a leap forward in your oral health, stopping some damage to your teeth and gums.

Overall Health Conditions

Medical issues strongly affect our gums. These include:

  • Diabetes: Slows the healing process.
  • Immune System Disorders: Causes difficulty fighting infection.
  • Heart Disease: Studies show a link between heart and gum disease.
  • Medications: Some drugs contribute to gum disease.

Good Nutrition

After gum disease treatment, you should eat a balanced diet, bringing in a range of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. Eat fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks. Drink lots of water, and sleep a little more than you did before.


Excessive stress can change your saliva production, weaken your immune system, cause tooth pain, and disrupt your oral hygiene habits. You may want to practice stress maintenance by exercising, spending time with loved ones, sleeping more, and talking to a counselor.

Periodontal Treatment FAQs

You’re welcome to call Jordan Landing Dental Care and ask questions any time. Also, check this list of frequently asked questions other patients have asked. You’ll learn about gum disease diagnosis, treatment types, and more. Make an informed decision about your care.

Dentists work through a series of steps towards a diagnosis, including:

  • An Exam: Looking for pockets between the gums and teeth, along with swelling and other symptoms.
  • Dental X-rays: Looking for damage to bones around your teeth.
  • Medical Records Check: Searching your medical history for risk factors relating to gum disease.

Gum disease causes damage to the gums and teeth, which we are experienced in detecting.

We’ll recommend treatment types based on the severity of your gum disease. They may include:

  • Scaling: Removing bacteria from your teeth below your gum line.
  • Root Planing: Preparing your teeth so your gums can reattach to them.
  • Antibiotics: Medication to control bacteria.
  • LANAP (Certified in Our Office): Using laser tools to fight bacteria and stimulate tissue growth.
  • Restoration: Surgery to replace bone and gum tissue.

Every case is different, but here are some steps and time lengths:

  • Exam (One Hour): Diagnosing gum disease.
  • Non-Surgical Treatment (Several Months): Scaling and root planing, home hygiene habits, and/or antibiotics.
  • Surgical Treatment (Several Weeks or Months): Used in severe cases to restore teeth and gums.
  • Aftercare (Ongoing): You’ll need follow-up exams to check on your healing and prevent further gum disease.

Dental procedures can cause some side effects, but you can manage them. After gum disease treatment, you may experience:

  • Discomfort
  • Gum swelling
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Temporary loose teeth (in some cases)
  • Fever or chills

If any major side effects happen, such as infection or gum recession, call your dentist. We can help you correct these issues in a follow-up appointment or even through home care tips.

Every patient is different, but periodontal treatment has a great track record for mild cases of gum disease—higher than 80%. The success rate drops when we catch gum disease in later stages, which is a reason regular dental exams are important.

Also, success changes based on other factors, such as your habits of brushing and flossing, whether or not your smoke, your age and medical issues, and other dental issues.

Because each individual may need a different combination of treatments, we can’t quote your overall treatment cost here. But once you have an exam, we’ll be happy to break down your costs and help you understand them before we move forward.

Prices may be based on a mix of:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Gum surgery
  • Tooth and/or gum restoration

Plus, your insurance and any HSA or FSA funds may change your final price tag.

Several practices can help prevent periodontal disease from developing or coming back, including:

  • Regular Dental Visits: Our team can remove the natural buildup of plaque and tartar that any patient can have.
  • Brushing and Flossing: Brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
  • Eating Healthy: Reduce your intake of processed and sugary foods.
  • Quitting Smoking: Stop one of the major risk factors for gum disease.

Catch Gum Disease Before It’s Serious

Save money by catching gum disease early or before it starts. We’d like to help you avoid gum disease treatments.

If you need periodontal help, our dentists have decades of practice, plus certification in laser therapy. Schedule an exam now with Jordan Landing Dental Care!

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