Red, swollen, and tender gums that bleed are all signs of the most common dental problem in the entire world: periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. This infection can not only impact your oral health, but it can also make you much more likely to develop other systemic diseases such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even dementia. To keep you protected, the team at Galleria Dentistry will screen your gums at every visit, and should we spot any signs of an infection, we’ll quickly be able to take care of it with periodontal therapy. If any of the symptoms above sound familiar, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need!
During the early stage of gum disease, a scaling and root planing treatment may be all that is needed to take care of it. These are sometimes collectively known as a “deep cleaning,” as they enable our team to attack the infection right at the source.
First, we’ll use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up and remove any plaque and tartar that has built up on your gum line (scaling), and then we’ll gently reshape the rough root structures of your teeth (root planing). This will make you less likely to accumulate plaque on them in the future, which will drastically lower your chances of redeveloping gum disease.
Depending on the extent of your infection, a complete scaling and root planing treatment can usually be completed over the course of a few appointments. In any case, we’ll use local anesthesia at the beginning of each one to make sure you remain comfortable the entire time.
After we have completed your initial periodontal cleaning, our team may choose to utilize antibiotic therapy to help you fight the infection even after you have left our office. For this, we will apply a topical solution called Arestin. This is a powder-like substance which is actually made up of thousands of tiny microspheres, each one filled with a powerful antimicrobial agent. When applied beneath the gums, it will harden into a wax-like texture, and then the spheres will slowly dissolve over the next few days. This will give the medicine time to seep deep down into the gums in order to kill even the most well-hidden bacteria.
Once this treatment is completed, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings in order to prevent reinfection. Between this and consistent oral hygiene at home, you should be able to avoid serious gum disease in the foreseeable future.