Periodontal therapy is used to help patients who are suffering from periodontal disease, which is actually just another name for gum disease. This bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth is actually the leading cause of tooth loss in the entire world, and it can even make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke! With comprehensive periodontal therapy, we can find, diagnose, and treat this disease before it ever has a chance to harm your smile. If you’re experiencing red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed often, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need!
Scaling and root planing are considered the gold standard of periodontal therapy because they allow our team to treat the infection right at its source. First, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and remove any plaque and tartar that has built up around your gums (scaling), and then we’ll gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots (root planing). This will make plaque less likely to accumulate on them in the future, lowering your chances of redeveloping gum disease.
Gum recession, where the tissue pulls away from the teeth and exposes the sensitive roots, is actually one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. In the past, the only way to address this issue was with an invasive gum graft, but at Meadowbrook Dentistry, we don’t live in the past. Using the Chao Pinhole Technique, all it will take to restore your gum line is a tiny hole that is literally the size of a pin. Using special tools, your doctor will be able to gently stretch and massage your gum line back to its original position, saving you from the incisions and sutures typically needed to accomplish this.
Harmful bacteria located along the gum line can literally be vaporized in an instant with our soft tissue laser. Its highly-focused beam of light can be used to precisely attack gum disease, and it can even remove infected tissue while reducing both bleeding and swelling. It’s so accurate that it can leave the surrounding healthy tissue completely untouched, ensuring a quick and easy recovery afterward.
After your initial periodontal therapy cleanings, our team may decide to apply a topical antibiotic to your gums in order to further fight the infection. After being placed on your gums, the antibiotic will harden into a wax-like substance and slowly dissolve over the next few days. This will allow the medicine to reach and eliminate even the most deeply hidden bacteria. We may also prescribe an oral antibiotic if necessary.