Gum Disease Therapy – Landrum, SC
Protecting Your Oral & Overall Health
Periodontal (gum) disease is actually the most common dental problem in the US, affecting about 50% of the adult population according to the CDC. Early symptoms include red, swollen, and tender gums, but left untreated, it can easily lead to tooth loss. Many studies have also shown it to be a risk factor for diabetes, stroke, heart attack, and even dementia.
At Parkside Dental, we take the health of the gums very seriously, which is why we have a number of services specifically designed to find and eliminate the infection as quickly as possible. If your gums are feeling a little more sensitive lately or bleed quite easily, be sure to contact us today so we can provide the care you need!
Why Choose Parkside Dental for Periodontal Disease Treatment?
- Gum screenings at every checkup
- Deep cleanings remove infection at the source
- Kind, friendly, & highly-skilled team
Scaling & Root Planing
After determining that a patient has gum disease, we will recommend that they undergo a scaling and root planing treatment. Think of it as a dental cleaning that is specifically focused on the gums and roots of the teeth. First, an ultrasonic cleaner will remove any plaque and bacteria buildup from around the gum line (scaling), and then the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots will be gently smoothed out (root planing). Why do this second step? This makes plaque less likely to gather on the gums in the future, lowering a patient’s chances of reinfection.
Arestin® Antibiotic Therapy
After a patient has undergone a periodontal cleaning, we may choose to apply a topical antibiotic to get rid of any remaining bacteria located deep beneath the gums. Arestin is a powder-like substance that is actually made up of thousands of microspheres, each one filled with a powerful medicine. Once on the gums, the spheres will slowly dissolve, enabling the medicine to reach any hidden bacteria. After this process is finished, we’ll recommend that a patient come to see us more often for regular dental cleanings to prevent an infection from coming back.