Periodontal Therapy Protecting Plano from Gum Disease
Much of dentistry is focused on the teeth, but the gums are just as important when it comes to your oral health. They help protect your teeth’s sensitive roots and help supply them with proper blood flow. Just like with your teeth, they can become infected from the buildup of plaque and bacteria if not properly cleaned. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, and when it becomes advanced, it calls for special treatment and periodontal therapy can fight back.
Scaling & Root Planing
The first step to treating advanced gum disease is a procedure called scaling. After the area that is intended to be cleaned is numbed, Dr. Kamali or one of her team will use specialized tools to clean away the deposits of plaque and bacteria on your teeth under the gum line. The process is very thorough, so it may require multiple sessions to complete. After your teeth and gums have been thoroughly cleaned, root planing is a procedure that shapes the roots of your teeth to help prevent plaque buildup in the future. This is accomplished by smoothing out the rough surfaces on the roots, giving plaque and bacteria fewer places to accumulate.
Dr. Kamali may recommend antibiotic therapy to help treat your gum disease. Once she has cleaned your gums, she will apply Arestin to your teeth in the area below the gum line. Arestin is made of tiny particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better. She will then administer Oraverse, which will help minimize the time you are numb after the entire procedure has been performed. This will help prevent you from injuring your lips while you can’t feel them, as well help you feel normal in a shorter amount of time.
Should you have any questions or believe you are suffering from gum disease, please call us and make an appointment today.