While cavities are certainly very common, according to the CDC, periodontal disease (better known as gum disease) is actually the most common dental issue in the country, affecting well over 50% of the adult population. This infection attacks the tissues that support your teeth, leading to redness, swelling, bleeding, and eventually…tooth loss. At Family Dentistry Rick Redmond, DMD, we’re more than prepared to find and treat this problem to keep our patients safe. If you’re experiencing any issues with your gums, be sure to give us a call so we can take care of them right away.
Scaling and root planing is a type of dental cleaning that is designed to remove the root cause of periodontal disease—deposits of bacterial plaque and tartar on the teeth under the gum line. For this two part procedure, first the roots of the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and then they are slightly reshaped and smoothed out. This is meant to prevent plaque from gathering around the gums in the future, lowering the chances of reinfection.
Periodontal pockets are small areas located between your teeth and gums, and they are where periodontal disease bacteria primarily likes to gather and multiply. They are extremely small and difficult to clean, but antibiotic therapy provides an answer. Applied directly to the gums, a topical antibiotic will quickly dry and then slowly dissolve over the next few days. This will enable the powerful medicine to reach all the way down to the deepest part of the pockets to eliminate even the most well-hidden bacteria.
For more severe cases of periodontal disease, dentists in the past would often have to resort to using a scalpel and sutures to treat it, cutting away infected tissue to reach the roots of the teeth. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case at Family Dentistry Rick Redmond, DMD! Here, our team can use a soft tissue laser to quickly and painlessly remove bacteria from deep below the gum line without any cutting. The laser is extremely precise and emits almost no heat, sound, or vibration, delivering an effective and comfortable treatment that can make a big difference for a patient’s oral health.