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Your gums are just as vital as your teeth. Not only do they help to hold your teeth in place, but they also serve as a protector for your teeth roots, which are much more sensitive than the visible portions of these structures (the crowns). When gum disease occurs, you’ll notice that your soft tissues become red, inflamed, and may even bleed when brushing or flossing. To prevent further damage and minimize the chances of additional tooth and bone loss, our team at My Dentist Muskogee will implement gum disease treatment. Call us today to learn more.
This two-step process requires removing all plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline (scaling) and cleaning around the teeth to ensure no bad oral bacteria remains. Once this is finished, we will smooth out the tooth roots through the process of root planing. This helps to not only encourage reattachment of the gum tissues but also reduces the future potential of reinfection.
Because bacteria can seep into the smallest crevices of the gums, even our specialized dental tools cannot always remove them entirely. This is why we incorporate Arestin antibiotic therapy into our gum disease treatment plans. When performing scaling and root planing, we will place the antibiotic inside the gum pockets, allowing the medication to spread and effectively eliminate any remaining bacteria. This elimination continues for several weeks after the antibiotic is placed.
It is also possible for Dr. Mehta to use a soft tissue laser to remove damaged and infected gum tissue. Because of the laser’s concentrated beam of light, it can target problem areas without touching healthy tissue. It also cauterizes while removing the tissue, minimizing the potential for bleeding and swelling. This process requires minimal recovery time while being much more accurate, comfortable, and faster than using traditional scalpels and sutures.