Periodontal Disease Treatment – Lakewood, CO
Reclaim Healthy Gums
and a Healthy Smile
A lot of people are more concerned about cavities and other threats to their teeth than they are about gum disease and periodontal health in general. But gum disease is not a condition you can afford to take lightly; it is a leading cause of tooth loss, and it’s extremely persistent and difficult to treat once it reaches its more advanced stages. Dr. Carole Emanuel can offer scaling and root planing along with antibiotic therapy to treat gum disease; she can also custom design periodontal recall appointments based on your situation, meaning she’ll work with you to decide how often you need to come in for further periodontal cleanings. Call us today to schedule an appointment for periodontal disease treatment in Lakewood, CO.
Why Choose Carole Emanuel, DDS for Periodontal Disease Treatment?
- Arestin Antibiotics Therapy Available
- State-of-the-Art Dental Laser Therapy
- Individualized Care for Every Patient
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing make up the deep cleaning process that’s required when regular cleaning techniques are no longer enough to address the damage done by gum disease. The first step is to target the small spaces between the gums and teeth and scrape away the harmful plaque and bacteria buildup that’s contributing to the problem. The second is to smooth out the roots of the teeth so that plaque can’t accumulate on the gums as easily; this makes it less likely that your gums will become reinfected.
Arestin Antibiotic Therapy
After scaling and root planing, there probably will still be some bacteria left in your mouth. We need to continue to fight said bacteria if your mouth is going to recover from the effects of gum disease. Our dental office does this with Arestin antibiotic therapy. Arestin consists of a number of microspheres that contain bacteria-fighting medication. When it’s applied to the pockets between your teeth and gums, the medication is released in the area where it can do the most good.
Laser Bacterial Reduction Therapy
While scaling and root planing is able to handle a moderate amount of bacteria and tartar accumulation below the gum line, using it to remove extensive buildup would be both uncomfortable and time-consuming for the patient. That’s why if a patient has advanced gum disease, we instead perform laser bacteria reduction therapy. Rather than physically cleaning the teeth, a concentrated beam of light is used to break up and instantly evaporate harmful bacteria and diseased tissue. The instrument emits almost no heat, sound, or vibration, so it is a very comfortable procedure, and most patients don’t even need local anesthetic.