Gum disease is one of the most common chronic diseases not just in the United States, but around the world. This is, in large part, due to the symptoms of gum disease often going unnoticed until it’s too late. Routine brushing, flossing, and visits to Fromuth & Langlois Dental for checkups and cleanings can help you avoid gum disease, but we’re always prepared to help you treat your symptoms in case it does develop. If you notice your gums becoming sensitive, red, painful or inflamed, give our dental office a call!
Considered to be the standard for periodontal therapy, scaling and root planing are proven to remove harmful plaque from above and below the gum line as well as prevent the gums from receding further. Scaling involves breaking down and flushing plaque and tartar, while root planing involves smoothing out the tooth roots so they can reattach to the gums. Most scaling and root planing treatments are performed over the course of several appointments.
If you’re in need of periodontal therapy, it’s important to note that patients should be visiting our dental office every three to four months for treatment. Not only is it impossible to perform all steps of your treatment in a single appointment, but it gives us a chance to confirm that treatment is working effectively. If we need to take additional or alternative steps to reduce your gum disease symptoms, we’ll modify our treatment accordingly.
In addition to your periodontal therapy, our dental office may also perform antibiotic therapy to reduce the symptoms of your gum infection. This gel, also known as Arestin, is an antibacterial agent that is placed in between teeth, specifically inside of the periodontal pockets that form as a result of gum disease. This treatment is typically performed in addition to scaling and root planing, rather than as a standalone treatment.