Gum Disease Treatment Port Orange

Helping Your Whole Mouth to Feel Its Best

Gum disease is a common problem more than half of adults face in the United States. When the gums become inflamed and infected, it is vital you receive periodontal therapy in Port Orange to quickly treat the infection before dental and overall health is compromised. At Water’s Edge Dental, we offer many areas of specialty, including periodontal therapy and root canal therapy in South Dakota. We provide scaling and root planing to help prevent and treat gum disease. The simple procedure removes plaque and tartar accumulations through a nonsurgical deep cleaning.

Why Choose Water’s Edge Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Knowledgeable Dentist with Several Years of Experience
  • Advanced Dental Technology Ensures Patient Comfort
  • Fully-Personalized Treatment Plans Available

Gum Disease & Overall Health

The health of your gums is vital to your dental health. If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to the eventual loss of your teeth. However, your overall well-being can be impacted as well. Gum disease is directly linked to a number of health complications, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and others. Do not let gum disease hurt your oral or overall health. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for treatment!

Scaling & Root Planing

Healthy gum tissue should only be one to three millimeters in depth. However, when gum disease is present, gum tissue surrounding the teeth will develop pockets. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria become trapped in these pockets. If these pockets are not cleaned, gum disease will progress.

To clean these pockets, scaling and root planing is performed. A special dental tool is used to remove the accumulations from below the gum line. After this is complete, the root planing process is performed -- which involves smoothing the root surfaces. Planing prevents bacteria, plaque, and tartar from re-adhering below the gum line. Once the procedure is complete, your gums will begin to heal and reattach. You will need a follow-up appointment to ensure the gums are healing correctly and the pockets are resolving. We may recommend the procedure is re-conducted at your next six-month preventive appointment. In some cases, you may need to visit our office more frequently so we can monitor the health of your gums. We will recommend some steps you can take at home to prevent the gums from becoming damaged again.

You will need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. We may recommend a mouthwash to help reduce bacteria levels in the mouth. You will also need to maintain your preventive appointments for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months.

Laser Periodontal Treatment

It’s possible that scaling and root planing might not be enough to address your gum disease, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. In some cases, Dr. Bannan may recommend laser periodontal treatment. This minimally invasive procedure involves the use of our soft tissue laser to treat gum disease. This special instrument can target the infected tissue without damaging healthy tissue, leading to increased patient comfort and faster recovery times.  

Antibiotic Treatment

Another means of treating gum disease involves the use of antibiotics, such as Arestin and other similar ones. These special medicines are often applied directly to the gums and can target the nasty bacteria directly at the site of infection, clearing it out and allowing the gums to begin healing. In some cases, they can also be taken orally. It’s common for antibiotic treatment to be used with treatments like scaling and root planing.