Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) manifests in little ways early on – you may see some blood in your saliva after brushing and flossing, or your gum tissue may look more swollen than usual in the bathroom mirror. However, this infection can quickly become dangerous to your smile and overall health if it’s left unchecked too long.
At Trusted Dental Care, we take the threat of gum disease very seriously. Dedicated periodontal screenings are a part of every regular dental checkup and teeth cleaning appointment, and Dr. G will recommend therapy as needed to stop the threat of damage in its tracks. Please contact us in Wylie, TX if you’re noticing any worrisome symptoms.
If the patient is showing moderate symptoms of gum disease, scaling and root planing is an in-depth cleaning that can revitalize their oral health. Our team will start by eliminating plaque build-up from along and underneath the gum line before smoothing the tooth roots in particular, which can develop rough surfaces that attract bacteria over time. The final result is a cleaner, healthier, and stronger smile overall.
Antibiotic therapy is typically a good supplement for scaling and root planning, as stray bacteria may still lurk in the gum tissue following treatment. The medication will be applied directly to the oral tissue or ingested orally, depending on your particular prescription. It should provide positive benefits for the days and weeks following your appointment, and studies show that the periodontal pockets may even be reduced in size as a result.
At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. G utilizes a state-of-thea-rt soft tissue laser, which provides a safe energy wavelength that eliminates diseased tissue while sealing and sterilizing what remains. As a result, patients are able to feel more comfortable throughout treatment and experience significantly minimized post-operative symptoms (swelling, bleeding, etc.) following their visit.