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Gum Disease Treatment – Tulsa, OK
Treating Bleeding, Swollen Gums
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the country; over three-quarters of American adults have it in one form or another. At first, gum disease might seem like a mild problem, and indeed sometimes you simply have to improve your oral hygiene habits to treat it; however, more advanced cases of gum disease require treatment at Southern Woods Dental Care before you start losing teeth. Call today to set up a periodontal appointment with Dr. Bragg.
Why Choose Southern Woods Dental Care for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Friendly, Patient-Centered Treatment
- Focus on Providing Timely Dental Care
- State-of-the-Art Dental Laser Treatment
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are both part of a deep cleaning that gets rid of the harmful bacteria trapped in your periodontal pockets (the spaces between the teeth and gums that form as gum disease progresses) to prevent further damage. Scaling is the actual removal process; root planing is when we make the exposed tooth as smooth as possible so that plaque does not stick to it as easily. A thorough scaling and root planing procedure will give the gums a chance to heal and reestablish their bond with the teeth.
Periodontal treatment isn’t done after we’ve cleaned your teeth and gums; there might still be some bacteria hiding where we can’t reach them. After scaling and root planing, we often prescribe Arestin periodontal therapy. The antibiotic is placed directly in the periodontal pockets so that the medication is released near the infection’s origin. Arestin has been shown through various studies to improve the rate of healing during the weeks after deep cleaning.
Have you heard about gum disease treatment that’s performed using soft-tissue lasers? This approach can be used to kill harmful bacteria while also removing the sections of the gum tissue that have already succumbed to infection. You don’t have to worry about an excessive amount of tissue being removed; lasers are very precise, so the healthy parts of the gums will remain intact. You also won’t notice much bleeding at the end of the procedure since lasers allow for immediate cauterization.