Gum Disease Therapy - Painesville, OH
Periodontal Treatment for Smiles
Most people hear the words “gum disease” and think it’s a minor problem compared to so many other health problems. However, gum disease is a very serious issue. In fact, it can cause problems not only for your teeth and gums, but also for your entire body—including your heart, lungs, brain, and joints.
Scaling & Root Planing
For cases of mild to moderate gum disease, our team can perform a deep cleaning consisting of two separate techniques known as scaling and root planing. For scaling, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and remove plaque and tartar that has built up 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 prevent plaque from gathering on them in the future, dramatically lowering your chances of reinfection.
Soft Tissue Laser
If a patient’s gum disease has become quite advanced, we may choose to utilize our soft tissue laser. This instrument emits a highly-focused beam of light we can use to instantly vaporize harmful bacteria below the gum line, and it can even painlessly remove infected tissue. It can accomplish both of these tasks while leaving the surrounding healthy gums completely untouched, making the entire procedure comfortable from start to finish.
After your initial periodontal cleaning, antibiotic therapy will enable our team to fight your gum disease even after you leave our office. This may come in the form of a topical solution that we apply directly to the gums or a pill you’ll take at home. Regardless, it will help eliminate the bacteria we can’t reach during your treatments. Afterward, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings to make sure your gum disease doesn’t come back.