Do you have red, tender, or puffy gums that tend to bleed whenever you brush your teeth? If so, you may be suffering from periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. This is one of the most common and damaging dental problems in the entire world, but thanks to our in-house periodontist, Dr. Melody Ward, you can trust us to keep your smile well protected. We’ll screen your gums at every appointment, and should we see any signs of this infection, Dr. Ward will be able to take care of it with comprehensive periodontal therapy. If any of the symptoms above sound familiar, be sure to contact us today to get the treatment you need.
Scaling and root planing, sometimes collectively known as a “deep cleaning,” allows our team to attack periodontal disease right at its source. For scaling, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and clear away the harmful plaque and tartar that has built up around your gums, and then root planing will be used to smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. This will make plaque much less likely to gather on them in the future, which will drastically lower your chances of redeveloping periodontal disease.
A complete scaling and root planing treatment can usually be completed over the course of a few visits, though treatment length is different from patient to patient. Nonetheless, Dr. Ward will lightly numb the area meant to be cleaned to ensure you are comfortable the entire time. After it has been completed, you’ll be advised to come see us more often for regular dental cleanings to help protect you from reinfection.
Because we have an in-house periodontist, we’re able to provide a number of specialty procedures that you won’t find at your typical general dentistry practice. With a gum graft, Dr. Ward can help reverse one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease: gum recession. This can affect both the health and appearance of the smile, but by using your own tissue or donated tissue, Dr. Ward can make sure your smile looks great and stays protected for years to come.
And, for patients who are interested in getting dental implants to replace their missing teeth, she can also perform what is called a bone graft, in which a portion of a patient’s jaw is strengthened so it can safely support the posts. This can be done right after you have a weakened tooth removed or have been missing teeth for a long time. For many patients, it’s their first step to reclaiming their complete smile.