Periodontal Therapy: How We Protect Your Gums and More
Did you know that the most common dental problem in the world is actually gum (periodontal) disease?
It’s true! According to some estimates, as much as 80% of the entire adult population has some form of it, and many are completely unaware. This is because gum disease starts with very subtle redness and swelling, but over time, it can develop into an extremely painful condition that is a major risk factor for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia.
This is why Dr. Flex and Dr. Hodge will always keep an eye on the state of your gums during your regular checkup. If you happen to develop this condition, we can quickly treat it using something called periodontal therapy.
Scaling & Root Planing
When gum disease is caught early, we can typically treat it using a normal dental cleaning. However, if the infection has become more advanced, we may need to employ two procedures called scaling and root planing.
Scaling is like a dental cleaning specifically for your gums. Using specialized tools, we’ll break up and clear away any plaque and bacteria that has built up along your gum line. Afterward, root planing will be used to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make it much harder for plaque to accumulate on them in the future, therefore reducing your chances of developing gum disease.
Soft Tissue Laser
Another option we have for periodontal therapy involves using a soft tissue laser. This device creates a super-concentrated beam of light that is able to vaporize plaque and bacteria almost instantly. The laser is fantastic because it can precisely target infected tissue without affecting the surrounding healthy gums. This means that the treatment is practically painless, and that you won’t have any lingering soreness or swelling after the procedure either.
To help you fight gum disease while you are away from our office, we may choose to utilize antibiotic therapy. For this, we’ll apply a topical antibiotic directly to your gums. It will be a powdery substance which is actually made of thousands of tiny microspheres. These spheres will slowly dissolve over time and release medicine right at the source of your gum disease. This will prevent the infection from coming back right after you have been treated.
Are your gums red, swollen, or tender? Do they bleed whenever you clean your teeth? These are the early signs of gum disease, and to prevent it from getting worse, you should seek out treatment as soon as you can. It will only get worse over time! To make an appointment, simply contact our office today.