When left alone for too long, gum disease can easily lead to the breakdown of the bone and gum tissue holding teeth in place. With the help of our expert periodontist at Healthy Smiles Dental Care, we can both diagnose and treat gum disease with a treatment that best suits your needs. Should you prefer them over traditional methods, dental implants can also be used to replace teeth that are no longer salvageable. Feel free to call us today if you’d like to schedule a consultation or address any concerns you may have about your gums.
In order to remove plaque and tartar causing your gum infection, we need to perform two deep cleaning procedures. This includes scaling and root planing. With scaling, we remove bacteria from areas above and below the gumline. This is crucial to stop the infection from spreading further. After your gums are cleaned, we can begin root planing, which involves smoothing out the surface of the roots. This works to reduce the number of rough surfaces, making it more difficult for bacteria to build up. It also simplifies the healing process, allowing the roots to reattach more easily.
For a surgical, yet minimally invasive approach to gum disease treatment, we can perform the Chao Pinhole technique. This treatment is performed by creating a very small hole in the gum tissue so that a special device can be placed. From there, we carefully peel and stretch the tissue, bring it downwards so that it covers the exposed tooth roots, then place collagen strips onto the pinhole so it keeps the tissue in its new position. The Chao Pinhole technique is largely used to reverse gum recession often caused by gum disease.
Even after a deep cleaning procedure is completed, there may be some bacteria left over inside the gum tissue. To counter this, we begin antibiotic therapy, which is typically used in tandem with other gum treatments. It’s the perfect way for patients to fight back against oral bacteria in between their regular periodontal maintenance appointments. The type of antibiotic we prescribe you will vary based on your personal situation and your individual needs as there are multiple types of both systemic and topical options to choose from.