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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an infection that damages the soft tissue around the teeth. If periodontal disease remains untreated, it can even damage the underlying bone. If the disease is caught early on as gingivitis and no damage has been done to the supporting structures under the teeth, you may need an in-office deep cleaning. If a more serious issue is detected, your periodontist may perform a more in-depth examination or schedule a follow-up appointment. If experiencing gum inflammation, pain, bleeding, or discomfort, schedule a dental exam at our office right away.

Even with preventative measures, some patients develop more severe periodontal disease. The first step in treating the disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” During this treatment, the dentist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. This treatment may be done over several visits, depending on your needs. The root surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed (or “planed”) to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth. Topical or oral antibiotics are usually provided to control infection while the mouth heals.

Laser Gum Treatment

Treatments for Gum Disease & Periodontitis

During your periodontal gum treatment, the dentist uses a laser to remove inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, scaling begins. This involves scraping off the calculus and plaque built up below the gum line and around the root. The dentist smooths the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that may attract bacteria and cause infections. The area between the gum and root regenerates during the healing process. Benefits of laser gum treatments include:

– Reduced gum trauma, swelling & bleeding
– Quicker healing times
– Reduced chance of tooth loss
– Less noise & anxiety for the patient

The last step of the cleaning process is a fluoride treatment, which serves as a protectant and helps fight cavities for several months. If you are experiencing bleeding, inflammation, or infection of the gums, schedule an appointment right away with one of our periodontists. Our Davie, Tamarac, and Plantation offices are open weekdays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We look forward to speaking with you and developing a plan to get your oral health on track!

Schedule an Appointment Today

From routine exams to wisdom teeth removal, we perform a range of different procedures under one roof. Our offices are open on Saturdays and currently accepting new patients of all ages and most insurances. If you are uninsured, ask about our in-house plans! Some of our additional specialties include but are not limited to dental implants, porcelain veneers, tooth reshaping, crowns and bridges, and root canals. You can also call our after-hours phone number for severe pain or injury that needs emergency dental care.