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Oral Health Renewing Gum Disease Treatment

Happy smiling woman relaxing at homePeriodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common oral health conditions we see. We do our utmost to prevent periodontal disease by coaching patients on caring for their smiles at home and providing thorough, effective teeth cleanings in our office. When we can’t prevent gum disease, we offer a range of periodontal therapies to restore your smile to complete health and function. Contact us right away if you believe you may be suffering from gum disease, and we’ll create a personalized treatment plan to renew your oral health.

Closeup of healthy teeth and gums

Scaling & Root Planing

For patients who have mild gum disease, gingivitis, more frequent professional cleanings and improved at-home hygiene may be adequate to renew oral health following gum disease. However, for those with moderate to severe gum disease, periodontitis, a more advanced treatment plan may be necessary. We typically start with a deep cleaning referred to as scaling coupled with root planing to smooth surfaces of teeth preventing future plaque buildup. Following scaling and root planing, we’ll schedule you for more frequent cleanings in order to monitor your health.

Closeup of smile during treatment

Chao Pinhole Technique

Gum recession is one of the most common adverse oral health effects associated with periodontal disease. When the soft tissue is irritated or damaged by acidic plaque, the supportive jawbone and gum tissues begin to break down over time. Traditionally, this tissue could only be renewed following periodontal therapy with soft tissue grafts. The Chao Pinhole Technique offers a more conservative treatment alternative. By making numerous microabrasions, the gum tissue can be stretched to adequately cover the teeth to prevent sensitivity, dental shifting, and other oral health issues. Once the tissue has been stretched, it will heal fusing to the surface of the tooth replacing the lost support and facial volume.

Closeup of smile after gum disease treatment

Antibiotic Therapy

As part of most periodontal therapy plans, we’ll include topical or oral antibiotics. Bacteria in the mouth produces the acidic plaques that irritate soft tissue leading to gum disease, so by reducing or eliminating these bacteria with antibiotics, we limit patients’ risk for relapse following gum disease treatment. Topical antibiotics will typically be applied following scaling and root planing or Chao Pinhole Technique treatments. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed at any point before or after periodontal therapies.