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.
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.