In more mild cases of gum disease, additional cleanings at our dental office could be enough to reverse the most serious effects. If your symptoms worsen over time, then we’ll need to take additional measures to save your smile and gum tissue. This is done through scaling and root planing, a pair of treatments that work to remove bacteria buildup above and below the gum tissue. Our experienced hygienist will also smooth out the roots of your teeth, which can develop rough surfaces and allow plaque and tartar to collect.
In addition to scaling and root planing, our dental office may also recommend antibiotic therapy to accelerate the healing process of your gum tissue. The medication is applied directly to your gums, which then actively treats your infected tissue over the next several days and weeks. This eliminates stray traces of dangerous bacteria that may still be present. It can also reduce your risk of future inflammation and even decrease the size of your periodontal pockets, which form in between teeth.