Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the periodontal (gum) tissue that surrounds and supports the teeth. Left untreated, this condition can have far-reaching effects —it has been linked to a number of serious overall health issues affecting the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, among others. Fortunately, Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears provide the treatment for periodontal disease that Arnold friends and families need. Keep reading to learn more about gum therapy and antibiotic therapy.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical approach for treating moderate cases of gum disease. Once the periodontal pockets — or the spaces between the teeth and gums where bacteria makes a home — reach a depth of 4 millimeters or more, we are likely to recommend this treatment option
To perform gum therapy, your dentist or hygienist will first use special tools to clean above and below the gum line, thoroughly removing bacteria along the way. Planing is the smoothing of the tooth’s root, which lowers the risk of reinfection. Scaling and root planing can be performed with anesthesia and/or sedation for your total comfort throughout the process.
Scaling and root planing may need to be performed over the course of two appointments at our office to completely eradicate the infection. Antibiotic therapy, described in full below, may also be recommended.
Sometimes, a deep cleaning on its own is not enough to heal the gums after periodontal disease develops. Because gum disease is a bacterial infection, antibiotic therapy can help kill the bacteria that causes it. During a scaling and root planing treatment, your dentist may choose to apply an antibiotic directly to the infection site to speed the rate of healing and reduce your risk of reinfection.