Many people don’t realize that periodontal (gum) disease is actually an infection of the oral tissue responsible for holding teeth in place. In the early stages, it can have mild symptoms like redness and swelling, making it seem like no big deal that can be easily managed with at-home care. The problem is once the early stages have a chance to take form, the more advanced stages will more than likely quickly follow. This puts your teeth at risk of falling out completely. NU Dental Eatontown and Dr. Gizachew can create a treatment plan that addresses your infection directly and gives your gums a chance to heal. If you’re tired of having sensitive or bleeding gums, call our office!
When plaque and tartar build up on teeth and gum tissue, gum disease will likely develop. In order to remove these substances, especially if they are beneath your gum line where brushing and flossing are incapable of reaching, we need to perform deep cleaning. This process is broken down into two steps: scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque and tartar using our advanced soft tissue laser, while root planing allows us to smooth the surfaces of the tooth roots so they can reattach to the gums.
After the scaling and root planing process is complete, antibiotics are placed in your periodontal pockets. This antibiotic is known as Arestin and is composed of multiple microspheres that contain the medication. This medication will slowly release into the gums and kill any present bacteria. While Arestin protects your mouth from future infection, it also expedites the healing process. After it is complete, you’ll come back to the office for an additional exam.
Gum disease can go on for a long period of time. As a result, pockets can form in the bone tissue that surrounds the teeth, making it easier for plaque and food debris to get caught and irritate the gums further. To eliminate these pockets and avoid additional damage, we can perform osseous surgery. After the roots of teeth are cleaned, we’ll reshape the surrounding bone tissue, them place a bone graft to replace the bone tissue. We’ll need to open the gums, then place them back and suture them closed in order to complete this treatment.