Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is one of the most common and damaging dental problems in the entire world. Left untreated, it can often lead to chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and even drastically increase a person’s chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke! This is why we’ll screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and should we spot the slightest sign of gum disease, we’ll use comprehensive periodontal therapy to get it under control. If you’re experiencing red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed often, be sure to contact us today for treatment.
Scaling and root planing are the gold standard for periodontal therapy, enabling our team to attack the infection right at its source. With scaling, your hygienist will use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up and remove any plaque and tartar deposits located around your gum line, and with root planing, we’ll gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make plaque less likely to gather on them in the future, greatly reducing your chances of redeveloping gum disease.
As part of your periodontal therapy, we may also choose to utilize our Biolase soft tissue laser. This tool uses a highly-concentrated beam of light to quickly vaporize bacteria located along the gum line as well as painlessly remove infected tissue. It’s able to do this while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue completely untouched, reducing any pain, bleeding, or swelling a patient might experience. It’s quick, fast, comfortable, and one of the easiest ways we can safeguard your gums from infection and damage.
At the conclusion of your scaling and root planing treatment, our team may choose to apply a topical antibiotic to your gums called Arestin. This is a powder-like substance that is actually made up of thousands of tiny microspheres, each one filled with a powerful antimicrobial agent. Once on the gums, the Arestin will harden and slowly dissolve to allow the medicine to reach even the most deeply hidden bacteria.
We look forward to meeting you. Call (772) 463-4026 or request an appointment online to set up your first visit. We’ll be in touch soon.