Gum disease is noted as one of the most common chronic conditions around the world. Millions of Americans suffer from some level of gum disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is largely because many people don’t realize they have gum disease until it’s already significantly developed. But without treatment, your teeth are at risk of falling out completely! The good news is that Dr. Patel has the expertise needed to catch the early signs of gum disease during checkups and provide therapy to restore your oral health. Has it been longer than six months since your last appointment? If so, contact our dental office today!
Once gum disease has reached a certain level, a routine cleaning and improved oral care habits won’t be enough to prevent the infection from spreading. This is because plaque has developed underneath the gum line where brushing and flossing cannot reach. Scaling and root planing work to break down the plaque beneath gum tissue as well as smooth out the tooth roots. They promote reattachment of the gum tissue to the teeth, which is necessary to prevent tooth loss.
To prevent future gum infections from developing and treat specific areas of your mouth more precisely, we use antibiotic therapy. This medication is typically placed underneath the gums during the scaling and root planing process. Once applied, the bacteria that led to your gum disease will be eliminated, preventing future deterioration of your gum and bone tissue. We may also recommend certain at-home products containing antibiotics as your gums heal.