Periodontal Therapy Fighting Gum Disease
So much of dentistry is focused on the teeth that people often forget to take care of their gums. When it comes to your oral health, they are just as important as your teeth. They protect the sensitive enamel around your teeth’s roots and provide them with essential support. If too much plaque and bacteria is allowed to accumulate on them, they can develop an infection called periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Dr. Sam DK Kim and our team will always keep an eye on your gums during your regular checkup, and if you develop this condition, we’ll be sure to catch it early and treat it quickly.
Scaling & Root Planing
Most of the time, mild gum disease can be managed using a standard dental cleaning. However, if the infection has become quite advanced, we may choose to use two procedures known as scaling and root planing. Basically, they provide a deep cleaning specifically for your gums.
For scaling, we’ll use specialized tools to break up and clear away plaque and tartar that has gathered along your gum line. Then, we’ll gently smooth out the roots of your teeth using root planing. This will make it much harder for plaque and bacteria to accumulate on your gums in the future.
Chao Pinhole Technique
This is a new approach that is used to treat gums that have receded due to gum disease. Rather than performing an invasive soft tissue graft, Dr. Kim will simply make a pin-sized hole in your gums and use it to gently stretch the healthy tissue over the exposed teeth. This treatment is practically painless and has a much shorter recovery time than other procedures normally used to address these problems. Patients are often shocked at how easy their experience is!
Sometimes, the procedures we use to treat gum disease may take multiple appointments. To prevent the infection from coming back during this time, we may choose to utilize antibiotic therapy. For this treatment, we’ll apply a topical antibiotic directly to your gums. This treatment is quick, painless, and does a tremendous amount of good when it comes to killing harmful bacteria.
How to Get Started
Are your gums red, swollen, or tender? Do they bleed whenever you brush your teeth? These are common signs of gum disease, and you should seek out treatment as soon as you can. This condition will only get worse over time, and it can lead to a multitude of both dental and overall health problems. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office today.