Did you know that periodontal or gum sickness is commonplace in one out of five adults? Some of its symptoms include swollen or red gums that bleed easily or gums that are receding away from teeth. Bacteria is the pesky culprit responsible for these infections and can be related to diseases such as diabetes, strokes, and heart disease. Apart from everyday brushing and flossing regimens, we offer these additional treatment options:
- Root planing and scaling is an effective approach to remove plaque from among the gums and the teeth, all the way down to the roots. The procedure additionally works well at shrinking regions under the gum line and alongside the tooth's root. Since plaque prefers abnormal, sticky surfaces, scaling and root planning can help clean surfaces making them much less desirable territory for buildup to occur.
- Pinhole Gum surgery invented and applied by John Chao, D.D.S. is a scalpel- and suture-free technique that treats gum recession and loss of gum tissue as a result of the periodontal disease. This method offers less pain for patients post therapy, faster recuperation than traditional grafting, no necessity for donor tissue. For more information, please read our page on Gum Recession.
- Arestin will also be a great periodontal disease treatment choice after a root scaling and planing procedure. This antibiotic gel is simply placed into the periodontal pocket, ensuring an effective remedy exactly at the gum disease site without exposing the rest of the body to antibiotics, fighting the disease immediately for two weeks.