Plaque buildup around the gum line can lead to periodontal disease. This infection causes persistent bad breath, gums that bleed easily, and gum recession. It can also contribute to the risk of stroke, heart attack, and complications for diabetics and pregnant women. Regular brushing, flossing, and preventative care visits with our hygienist help stave off periodontal disease. But should infection occur, we can help. The progression of periodontal disease can be halted and easily maintained with professional therapy, along with good home care.
To minimize discomfort when treating periodontal disease, we administer a local anesthetic before scaling and root planning. We then use an ultrasonic scaler, which emits a sonic vibration to remove tartar deposits from around and below the gum line. After a scaling procedure, we smooth the exposed surfaces of a toothâ€™s root to promote healing; then we apply Arestin, an antibiotic powder that adheres to infected gum tissue.