Periodontal therapy is specifically used to treat and manage periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Gum disease is the most common dental problem in the world, and it’s even the leading cause of tooth loss! Early symptoms include red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed whenever they are cleaned, and these are often missed, allowing the infection to develop into something much more serious.
At Ellicott City Smiles, we know the health of your gums is just as important as your teeth when it comes to your overall wellness, so we will always keep an eye on your gums during your regular appointments. Should you show any signs of this condition, be sure to contact us today for treatment.
These treatments are collectively referred to as a “deep cleaning,” and they serve as the first line of defense against early-stage gum disease, or gingivitis. Scaling is used to break up and clear away plaque and tartar deposits from around your gum line, and then root planing will be used to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make it much harder for plaque to gather on them in the future, effectively protecting you from developing gum disease again.
A soft tissue laser can also be used as part of your periodontal therapy program. It will use a highly-concentrated beam of light to instantly vaporize any harmful bacteria located on your gum line. The light itself is extremely precise and produces almost no heat, which means the procedure itself will be virtually painless and your recovery will be very short. It even lessens the chances of bleeding by cauterizing blood vessels as it works.
After your cleaning, your dentist may choose to apply a topical antibiotic directly to your gums to help further fight the infection. It will quickly harden into a wax-like texture and slowly dissolve over the next 7 days, which will allow it to reach even the most hidden bacteria. This, along with maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine at home, should completely take care of your gum disease.