Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is actually the most common dental problem in the entire world, and it’s even the number one cause of tooth loss. We can keep you protected from this infection with comprehensive periodontal therapy right here in Sarasota. Our team will screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we spot a problem, we’ll quickly be able to take care of it. If you’re experiencing red, swollen, or tender gums, be sure to contact us today!
These treatments are sometimes collectively called a deep cleaning, and they enable us to treat a periodontal infection right at its source. An ultrasonic cleaner will be used to remove any plaque and tartar located around your gum line (scaling), and then the roots of your teeth will be gently smoothed out (root planing). This will make you much less likely to develop serious gum disease again in the future.
For more advanced cases of gum disease, we may choose to treat it with our soft tissue laser. This tool uses an extremely-concentrated beam of light to quickly eliminate bacteria along the gum line, and it can even painlessly remove infected tissue. Even better, it can do this while leaving all of the surrounding healthy gums untouched, which will reduce any pain, swelling, or bleeding a patient may experience during or after a procedure.
After your initial periodontal treatment, our team may utilize antibiotic therapy to further fight the infection. This may come in the form of a topical antibiotic, which will be applied to the gums so a powerful antimicrobial agent can kill even the most well-hidden bacteria. We may even prescribe an oral antibiotic for you to take over the next week or so. Afterward, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings to keep your gum disease from coming back.