When you have gum disease, getting treated not only helps you avoid severe complications like tooth loss. It also works to protect your overall health as the common infection is known for sharing links with more serious systemic illnesses, including heart disease and stroke. With his expertise and the help of some highly advanced in-house dental technology, Dr. Howard makes your appointments for periodontal therapy in Rancho Bernardo, CA as comfortable as they are precise and comprehensive, meaning you should have little to no problem managing your gum disease.
When gum disease has reached the advanced stages, it means that traditional brushing, flossing and cleanings at our dental office will not be enough to address it. Instead, we’ll need to perform scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing involves reattaching the tooth roots to the gum tissue so that gum recession no longer occurs. To keep advanced gum disease under control, routine follow-up visits will be needed every three to four months.
Gum tissue is very sensitive and we want to do everything possible to preserve as much of it as possible during your appointment. One of the ways we do this is by using a precise soft tissue diode laser, an advanced dental technology that removes the needs for traditional, metal dental instruments. During treatment, we carefully remove bacteria and infected portions of tissue, leaving only healthy tissue behind to continue healing. On top of that, the healing process takes less time overall thanks to the precision our dental laser provides.
Following your gum therapy, we want to make sure your gums continue to heal in between your routine checkups. This is done with Arestin antibiotic therapy, a product that accelerates the healing process after gum therapy is performed. We place the antibiotic in between the small pockets that have formed inside of your gum tissue, then allow them to slowly dissolve and dissipate over the course of several days. Not only is this treatment completely painless, but it helps you achieve positive gum health sooner.