When it comes to your oral health, it doesn’t simply begin and end with the condition of your teeth. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the most common dental problems in the entire world, especially for people over 50. Early symptoms include redness and swelling of the gums, but it can eventually turn into the leading cause of tooth loss! Plus, people with gum disease have also been shown to be at a much higher risk of developing other systemic health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. We will screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we spot a problem, we’ll quickly be able to take care of it with periodontal therapy.
Scaling and root planing are known as a “deep cleaning,” and it can be thought of as a regular dental cleaning that is specifically focused on your gum line. First, our team will use an ultrasonic cleaner to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that has built up around your gums (scaling), and then we’ll gently smooth out the roots of your teeth (root planing). This will make it much harder for plaque to gather on them in the future, lowering your chances of redeveloping gum disease.
In cases where a patient’s gum disease is more advanced, we may choose to treat them with our soft tissue laser. Using an extremely concentrated beam of light, the laser can instantly vaporize bacteria along the gum line as well as remove infected tissue. It can accomplish both of these tasks without affecting the surrounding healthy gums, making the treatment both effective and comfortable for a patient. It even greatly reduces the swelling and bleeding a patient would experience with a more traditional periodontal procedure.
Once your initial periodontal treatment is completed, our team will use antibiotic therapy to help you fight the infection even after you leave our office. This will come in the form of either a topical antibiotic that we apply directly to your gums or a pill that you take at home. In either case, this will help kill even the most deeply hidden bacteria. Afterward, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings to ensure that your gum disease doesn’t come back.