Periodontal Treatments services
Healthy gums are important not just for dental health, but also for overall health and wellness. When gum health problems arise, Subodh Swaroop, DDS, and the team at Smile HB Dental & Orthodontics in Huntington Beach, California, help by delivering state-of-the-art treatment. Learn more during your next visit, which you can book online or over the phone today.
Periodontal Treatments Q&A
What is gum disease?
Your gums perform a number of tasks, including helping secure your teeth in place. One of the most important functions of gum tissue is creating a barrier between the environment within your mouth and your bloodstream.
Gum disease develops when your gum tissue becomes infected. As bacteria enter your gums and begin to multiply, your body responds with swelling. This inflammation often makes your gum tissue pull away from the surface of your teeth, allowing bacteria to enter your system, where it can do widespread harm.
The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is reversible with proper care. Left untreated, gingivitis often develops into periodontitis, which is a serious form of gum infection that requires professional treatment to heal properly.
What are periodontal treatments?
The team at Smile HB Dental & Orthodontics offers the very best tools and technology for reaching and maintaining gum health.
Laser gum treatment
Your dentist uses a dental laser to precisely target inflamed gum tissue near the roots of your teeth. The laser also eliminates bacteria in the treatment area. Because there are no incisions, the healing process is swift.
When your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, pockets form that you can’t clean with regular brushing and flossing. Pocket irrigation uses a powered stream of water to remove plaque, food, and bacteria from these areas and deliver antimicrobial medication.
Scaling and root planing
Your dentist manually removes plaque and tartar beneath the gum line with a special scraping tool called a scaler. Root planing involves smoothing down the surface of your tooth roots to make it harder for plaque to take hold.
Your dentist offers several anesthetic options to help you remain comfortable throughout your treatment.
How can I ease recovery after periodontal treatments?
Your gum tissue heals very swiftly, so your recovery time should be minimal. However, there are steps you can take to ease the recovery process.
For your recovery, adhere to your specific post-procedure instructions. If you receive a prescription for antibiotics, be sure to take that medication as instructed.
You might receive a special mouth rinse to help keep bacteria under control and reduce your risk of infection. Use the rinse as prescribed, and don’t brush aggressively or use other dental hygiene tools that might irritate your gum tissue.