South Hadley Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal (gum) disease affects more than 50% of US adults, but the good news is that it’s 100% preventable. With regular preventive dental checkups and thorough at-home hygiene, patients are typically able to keep their gum tissue healthy. For patients who suffer from periodontal disease, Newton Street Dental offers a range of treatments for the mild form of periodontal disease, gingivitis, and the more severe periodontitis. If you experience bleeding gums, discolored gum tissue, lost teeth, or consistent bad breath, contact our team to schedule an appointment right away.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis), more frequent professional cleanings and more thorough at-home care are often adequate in reversing damage. For more advanced gum disease, scaling and root planing are the most commonly recommended treatments. Scaling is the systematic removal of bacteria, plaque, tartar, and damaged tissue from the gum line. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent bacteria buildup. By combining these two treatments, gum health is renewed, and patients are less likely to experience further periodontal damage. Following scaling and root planing, our team will likely recommend more frequent professional teeth cleanings in order to help patients maintain the optimal level of oral health.
Soft Tissue Laser
One of the most advanced periodontal therapies is soft tissue laser treatment. Using advanced laser therapy, we precisely remove damaged gum tissue. Laser therapy is able to simultaneously remove tissue and cauterize the gums, reducing discomfort and bleeding during the procedure and sensitivity throughout healing time. Advanced laser dentistry is just one more way Dr. Douglas Leigh and his team are dedicated to using the most advanced dental techniques and technologies to offer patients more comfortable and effective treatment options.
Topical antibiotics are used in combination with any periodontal therapy in order to improve oral health and prevent the development of bacteria that leads to plaque and tartar buildup. Topical antibiotics are applied quickly and work to decrease the amount of bacteria along the gum line for a week or more. In most cases, we recommend that patients return to our team at the end of the week for a reevaluation of their gum health. If we notice there are still areas for concern, we may apply a second application of antibiotics.