A good smile goes beyond just your teeth. Your gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile. On top of that, maintaining healthy gums is an important part of your oral health. Periodontal care can help you eliminate excessive gum tissue to enhance your smile and treat gum disease. So, no matter what you need periodontal care for, Desert Dental Alternatives can take care of you!
How Periodontal Care Treats Gum Disease
If you have gum disease, know you’re not alone. Close to 80 percent of adults in the United States have a form of gum disease, so, it’s quite common.
Gingivitis, what gum disease is also known as, can cause your periodontal tissues to swell, bleed or become tender. Not treating it can make the condition worse, turning it into periodontitis, which is a more severe infection that causes gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. This creates pockets in your gums that allow bacteria in.
The Desert Dental Alternatives team uses the following treatments to address both gingivitis and periodontitis, so, no matter which one you may have, you can restore your oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
An easier way to remember what scaling and root planing (SRP) does is calling it a deep cleaning, because that’s exactly what it is. Our periodontal care dentists can perform a deep cleaning if you have mild to moderate gum disease. This treatment includes removing plaque both above and below the gum line before smoothing rough spots on your dental roots.
Arrestin® Antibiotic Treatment
Arrestin® complements a deep cleaning because its formula has microspheres that release a special antibiotic that fights bacterial infections. Paired with maintaining good brushing and flossing habits, Arrestin® can help keep bacteria out of your gums.
In addition to treating gingivitis and preventing a periodontal infection from returning after treatment, Perio Protect® can also whiten your teeth!
If Perio Protect® is right for you, our dentists will provide you with a customized plastic tray that you’ll fill with a special antibacterial chemical solution. You’ll wear the tray in your mouth for only a few minutes each day of the treatment and enjoy improved oral health and an enhanced smile.
Pocket irrigation rinses out any bacteria or debris you may have in your gums if you have periodontitis. Our dentists know how to use special tools to clean your gums and may use Arrestin® or Perio Protect® for enhanced results, including a smile you’ll love.
If periodontitis has been left untreated for a long time, the pockets in your gums can become so deep that folding back your gum tissue and removing the bacteria is the best form of treatment. Our dentists have the expertise and experience to perform this treatment and secure your gum tissue after cleaning out the bacteria.
Cosmetic Gum Contouring
While Desert Dental Alternatives periodontal care treats both gingivitis and periodontitis, remember it can also enhance your smile!
A disproportionate or uneven gum line can negatively affect your smile by distorting how your teeth appear, leading to you being self-conscious, but your smile doesn’t have to stay this way. Cosmetic gum contouring is a lasting and minimally invasive solution that can reshape your gums and allow your smile to reach its full potential.
Dental Implant Preparation
In order to receive dental implants, your gums need to be healthy enough. If necessary, your dentist at Desert Dental Alternatives can provide you with the right periodontal treatment that will make sure of this. That way, you’ll have dental implants and healthy gums to help enhance your smile!
Periodontal Care Can Improve Your Oral Health and Enhance Your Smile!
Whether you’re seeking periodontal care for an enhanced smile or improved oral health, or both, Desert Dental Alternatives has the treatment you need. Come visit us today to see how our dentists can help you!