Periodontal Care in Coral Springs, FL

Protect and Maintain Healthy Gums with Dr. Santana

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. At Optimum Dentistry in Coral Springs, FL, Dr. David Santana and his team provide cutting-edge periodontal care to help patients achieve and maintain healthy gums and teeth.

Your gums are the foundation of your smile, so our Coral Springs dentist and his team work hard to protect your teeth and gums from damage and pain in the future. Whether you’re looking for preventative gum care or gum disease treatment, we’re here to help.

Call (954) 775-0185 to schedule your gum health appointment at Optimum Dentistry of Coral Springs.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when plaque, a sticky film containing bacteria, builds up on teeth. The bacteria in plaque infect the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. 

Untreated plaque buildup can form tartar, a hard substance that sits between the teeth and gums, which forces them apart and harbors plaque. Plaque can only be removed through a professional teeth cleaning.n

As periodontal disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria, but the bacteria can still destroy gum and bone tissue. Without treatment, the teeth may eventually become loose and require extraction.


Gum Disease Risk Factors

Certain factors can increase the risk for periodontal disease, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits like inadequate brushing and flossing
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Diabetes and other systemic conditions
  • Medications that cause dry mouth
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to clean
  • Hormonal changes in women

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

If you notice any of these issues, contact your dentist right away. The earlier your gum disease treatment begins, the better your chances of reversing the disease.

Gum Disease Treatment at Optimum Dentistry

Dr. Santana uses advanced techniques to stop periodontal disease and save patients’ natural teeth. Treatment options may include:

Scaling and Root Planing

This non-surgical gum disease treatment removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. A dental hygienist will thoroughly scale and polish tooth surfaces above and below the gum line. This removes bacterial biofilms and smoothes roots to facilitate healing. It can effectively treat gingivitis and mild gum disease.


For moderate or advanced gum disease, antibiotic therapy often works in conjunction with scaling and root planing. Powerful antimicrobial rinses, gels, powders, or controlled-release products are placed under the gum line or applied to diseased pockets of gum tissue. These reduce bacterial load and help tissues heal after deep cleanings.

Laser Therapy

Dr. Santana will use advanced dental lasers to kill inflammation-causing bacteria deep within periodontal pockets. The laser energy also stimulates the regeneration of gum tissue and bone following gum disease. This is a comfortable, non-surgical option for reducing pocket depths and eliminating gum disease.

Pocket Reduction Surgery

Pocket reduction surgery (also called flap surgery or osseous surgery) involves surgically reducing the size of the pockets that form between teeth and gums due to periodontal disease. These abnormally deep pockets allow bacteria to accumulate beneath the gum line, leading to more severe gum disease and bone or tooth loss. Surgically removing them helps the gums reattach and reduces the amount of bacteria. 

The Importance of Early Periodontal Disease Detection

Since periodontal disease progresses with few obvious symptoms initially, many people don’t seek help until extensive damage, like loose teeth, has occurred. That’s why regular dental exams are so important for early gum disease diagnosis and treatment. 

At Optimum Dentistry, patients undergo a comprehensive periodontal evaluation during routine cleanings and checkups. Dr. Santana looks for signs like gum swelling and bleeding when probing the pockets around the teeth. Catching problems early makes treatment faster and more effective.

a woman smiles after receiving periodontal care

Ongoing Periodontal Care for Healthy Gums

After completing active periodontal therapy, patients will need ongoing maintenance to sustain their treatment results. This involves:

  • Regular dental visits for professional cleanings, typically every three to four months
  • Excellent at-home oral hygiene with brushing twice a day and daily flossing
  • Periodic reevaluation of periodontal soft tissue health
  • Quick treatment if periodontal diseases recur to avoid extensive soft tissue damage

Consistent follow-up care and daily plaque removal are key for keeping periodontal disease at bay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most gum disease procedures are painless thanks to modern anesthesia options. Patients may have mild post-treatment discomfort managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Sticking to a strict at-home oral hygiene regimen and regular dental cleanings and exams will help keep gum disease from recurring. Avoid risk factors like smoking and poorly controlled diabetes.

It’s never too late to treat gum disease and reap the benefits. Even older adults can regain a significant amount of periodontal health and avoid tooth loss through modern treatment.

Gingivitis, the earliest and mildest form, causes warning signs like red, swollen gums that bleed easily. In moderate periodontitis, pockets begin to form and gums loosen. Advanced periodontitis leads to serious bone loss, tooth instability, and eventual tooth loss if untreated.

Take Control of Your Oral Wellness

Don’t wait until you have extensive periodontal damage to seek gum disease treatment. Schedule an exam with Dr. Santana at Optimum Dentistry by calling (954) 775-0185 today. His experienced team will assess your gum health and customize an effective treatment plan to create and maintain your healthiest smile.

We’re happy to accept new and returning patients from the Coral Springs area, including Tamarack, Parkland, and Margate, FL.

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