At Oak Grove Dental, we offer a variety of treatment options for periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease affects millions of Americans, even those who are brushing and flossing diligently every day. Gum disease does not have a cure, and as it progresses, it can lead to severe oral problems, including tooth loss and even increased risks to your overall health. Fortunately, with advanced dental techniques, Dr. Christopher Clark and his team of dental professionals are able to help our patients reduce the effects of gum disease and stop its progression. We are committed to giving you the most comfortable experience possible, which is why we offer non-surgical gum disease treatment and laser dentistry techniques to renew the health of your gums with little to no discomfort.
Contact our practice today for more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark.
How do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?
Some patients may not show any signs or symptoms of gum disease until after damage has already occurred, so regular oral exams are important. It is also important to be aware that untreated periodontal disease can lead to more serious health problems, including heart disease or stroke.
You may be experiencing gingivitis, the earliest stages of periodontal disease, if you notice red, swollen, or bleeding gums. As the disease progresses, other symptoms that may occur include:
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Sensitive gums
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry, our goal is to provide our patients with safe, effective treatments and the most comfortable experience possible. Depending on the stage of gum disease you are diagnosed with, Dr. Clark will recommend an appropriate method for improving your oral health.
Scaling and Planing
Scaling and root planing is non-surgical removal of tartar and plaque deep within the gums. After the plaque and tartar have been removed, the tooth roots will be smoothed in an effort to reduce the amount of future tartar and plaque that can attach to them. Once scaling and planing has been completed, the tissue is treated with our state-of-the-art laser, a virtually painless procedure that will seal the gums to the teeth, promoting faster healing and increased comfort after treatment.
Laser Periodontal Treatments
In some cases, laser dentistry can be used as an alternative to scaling and planing for periodontal care. This all-laser method uses high speed beams of light to remove deposits of bacteria. This method is fast, quiet, and virtually painless. Laser dentistry reduces the amount of bleeding during the procedure, as well as the risk of infection. Plus, laser periodontal care can minimize the procedure and recovery time, helping you get back to your normal routines much earlier.
Periodontal Surgery (Gingivectomy)
In certain severe cases of gum disease, non-surgical methods may not be the best option for the most effective results. In these instances, periodontal surgery may become necessary. Periodontal surgery is intended to help restore and repair tissue and/or bone that has been damaged. It is important to remember that there is no cure for gum disease, only ways to restore some of the damage and prevent it from getting worse. Making adjustments to your regular dental care and eating habits will typically be necessary to avoid repeated damage in the future.