Gum Treatment

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, and it is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

What are some symptoms of gum disease?

From American Dental Association

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures

It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keeping periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from recurring.

What are my treatment options of gum disease?

As part of our philosophy to provide our patients with lifetime care, we offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art treatment options for gum disease to help our patients improve and maintain their oral health. Our experienced and friendly dentists and hygienists will partner up with you on proper brushing and flossing techniques, educate you on beneficial treatment options, and help you improve and maintain the health of your gums.

Procedure

Description

Benefits

ARESTIN®

 

A localized antibiotic that is placed directly into the infected deep pockets to kill and suppress the bacteria that causes gum disease. It contains microspheres with antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride that releases antibiotic over time. Releases antibiotic over time to target and kill bacteria that cause gum disease.

Exam and X-rays

Periodic oral exam done by the dentist along with check-up x-rays which usually include bitewing x-rays and single x-rays. Monitor your oral health and detect tooth decay or other dental problems.

Fluoride Treatment

A protective coating applied in gel form in a tray or brushed on as a varnish. Please refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes following fluoride treatment. Help reduce sensitivity, strengthen the enamel, and prevent cavities.

Laser Curettage

A high frequency laser used to remove the diseased lining of a periodontal pocket and the underlying inflamed connective tissue, at the same time cauterizing the area to control any bleeding. Removes dead and infected tissues around the teeth with gum disease.

Laser Decontamination

A low frequency laser. The light energy given off by the laser destroys the harmful bacteria while tissues without bacteria are able to heal faster and reduce inflammation. A painless way to kill bacterial and help reduce the healing time of gum pockets.

VELscope Oral Cancer Screening

VELscope powered by Sapphire screening along with a standard oral cancer examination improves the ability to identify sus­picious areas at their earliest stages. This is similar to proven early detection procedures for other cancers such as mammography, Pap smear, and PSA. Lifesaving procedure for early detection of pre-cancerous tissue to minimize or eliminate the potentially disfiguring effects of oral

Periodontal Maintenance

Maintenance procedure for patients who have gum disease and have had scaling and root planning.  Once the gum disease is brought under control, it is critical that this procedure be performed on a regular basis, typically every 3 to 4 months.  Please note that for most dental insurance plans, a co-payment applies for this procedure. Prevent or minimize recurrence of gum disease.

Prophy/Regular Cleaning

Light scaling and polishing to remove plaque, light calculus and tooth surface stains above the gum line. Recommended every 6 months. Maintain your oral health and prevent gum disease.

Scaling and Root Planning

 

Procedure for treating gum disease when pockets are greater than 3mm.  A local anesthetic may be given for your comfort to remove plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket.  .  Please note that for most dental insurance plans, a co-payment applies to this procedure. Effective treatment for gum disease to relief bad breath, tender or bleeding gums and to help prevent tooth loss.

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