Periodontal Therapy – Chesterton, IN
Protect Your Gums,
Protect Your Smile
If you’re an adult in the United States, there’s a 50/50 chance you have gum disease – and you might not even realize it. During your checkups at Advanced Dental Concepts, if we find signs that you’re suffering from gingivitis (the beginning stage of gum disease), we’ll help you treat and manage it with a thorough cleaning and an improved oral hygiene routine. On the other hand, the most advanced form of gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is likely to require additional advanced procedures. If you’re worried about the health of your gums, contact our team today; we can look for signs of unhealthy gums and, if necessary, create a plan to treat them.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Concepts
for Periodontal Therapy?
- Faster, More Comfortable Treatment Using Soft Tissue Lasers
- Warm, Welcoming Office Staffed by a Friendly Team
- Treatment Designed to Minimize Risk of New Infection
Scaling & Root Planing
When plaque and tartar start to build up at the gum line, they can inflame and irritate the soft tissues protecting the roots of your teeth; this is the beginning of gum disease. While the process can sometimes be stopped with a regular dental cleaning followed by regular brushing and flossing, a more advanced cleaning known as scaling and root planing is usually required in more severe cases. The first step is scaling, where we’ll find all the plaque and tartar that has accumulated at or below the gum line and remove it. We can then smooth the surfaces of the roots of your teeth via root planing. This protects them from future buildup by making it more difficult for bacteria to attach themselves.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
Removing infected gum tissue used to mean utilizing metal scalpels to cut away damaged tissue before closing the wound with a suture. Not only could this result in the unnecessary removal of healthy tissue, but it usually involved a lengthy period of recovery as well. But thanks to our soft tissue laser, our dentists at Advanced Dental Concepts can bring you a more precise, efficient treatment. The laser will only remove the diseased tissue and cauterize any exposed blood vessels, and the heat it emits will help sterilize the area to prevent reinfection. You’ll experience much less discomfort during the procedure, and recovery time will be dramatically shorter.
After scaling and root planing, we might prescribe topical antibiotic therapy to control any infectious bacteria that’s still present along your gum line. The effects of this medication can last for several weeks, and over the long term, it’s meant to prevent further inflammation. The goal is to bring the risk of the infection returning to an absolute minimum so that you’ll be able to fully enjoy your stronger, healthier smile.