Custom, Targeted Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is a progressive condition that affects the gums, bone, and teeth. Beginning with inflammation of the soft tissue, gum disease can lead to the destruction of the jaw bone and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease cannot be cured, but can be effectively controlled with targeted treatment to eradicate the bacteria and buildup of plaque and tartar in the pockets around the teeth. We provide experienced and custom gum disease treatment with proven, effective traditional techniques and minimally-invasive laser gum therapy.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Swollen, bleeding gums
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Deepening periodontal pockets
- Bone loss around teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
70% of American adults over 65 have gum disease.
65 million adults have some form of gum disease.
The Goal of Gum Disease Treatment
The goal of gum disease treatment is to halt its progression by removing the cause of infection—bacterial plaque that has built up on the surface of the teeth. This build-up occurs both above and below the gum line, causing pockets, or gaps, to form between the teeth. The deeper these periodontal pockets, the more necessary and complex the gum disease treatment. Our personalized gum disease treatment options all specifically target problem areas and eliminate the disease to prevent it from returning in the future.
Laser Gum Therapy
We are certified and trained in the Diode Nd:YAG dental laser for gum disease treatment. Minimally invasive and virtually painless, laser gum therapy eliminates the need for scalpels and incisions. We use dental lasers to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from the teeth, promote healthy blood clotting and regeneration of new soft tissue, and jumpstart a rapid healing process. Many patients find they can comfortably return to work and daily activities immediately after treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the teeth for mild to moderate stages of gum disease, and is the first line of treatment for advanced cases. We use dental scalers, hand instruments to manually remove plaque and tartar that has built up above and below the gum line. Root planing is characterized by smoothing the tooth root after plaque and tartar removal. This technique removes bacteria from the area, allowing the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.
Periodontal maintenance is an intentional deeper cleaning of the teeth every 3-4 months for patients who have received treatment for gum disease. This maintenance takes a routine hygiene cleaning one step further by removing plaque from the periodontal pockets surrounding the teeth. Periodontal maintenance safeguards the teeth by keeping gum disease from progressing to more harmful stages.
The Benefits of Gum Disease Treatment
- Reestablish oral health
- Remove infection from the mouth
- Restore tooth and gum function
- Reduce risk for future infection
- Improve smile aesthetics