At some point in your life, your gums may fall prey to periodontal disease. We will screen your gums for signs of disease during your dental exams. By measuring the gingival sulcus, the pocket between the tooth and gums, we will be able to determine whether your gums are healthy.
Deeper pockets between your teeth and gums that bleed when measured point to one of the following levels of gum disease:
Our number one periodontal goal is catching our patients’ periodontal disease as early as possible and treating it effectively but comfortably, with periodontal therapy.
Periodontal treatment differs depending on the severity of your gum disease. Gingivitis may be resolved with one to two standard dental cleanings and special aftercare. You will receive instructions on improving your oral hygiene regimen and keeping gum infection at bay.
If your gingivitis has progressed to something more serious, we will perform scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. This procedure removes tartar, plaque, bacteria, and other toxins from the diseased area and below the gum line. Rough patches on tooth roots are smoothed to make it more difficult for plaque to adhere. Scaling and root planing may be accompanied by antibiotic treatments, medicated mouth rinses, a recommended brand of electric toothbrush, or other appropriate products.
Our practice offers LANAP laser-assisted periodontal treatment. This makes the removal of infection more comfortable and simple for both dentist and patient. Laser treatment is more readily able to access periodontal pockets and other tricky spaces between the teeth and gums. Laser periodontal treatment also offers the benefit of briefer healing time.
No matter how your periodontitis is treated, there will be certain steps you need to take after treatment to keep disease from retaking hold. You will need to maintain regular dental appointments at a frequency determined by Dr. Zymantas, at which we will remove deposits of plaque or calculus. If your periodontal pockets do not shrink and heal, periodontal surgery may eventually be necessary. We will work with you through the healing process and act as a resource for you in keeping your gums free of periodontal disease.