Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a gradual bacterial infection that starts out small in the mouth — maybe you notice some light bleeding in your saliva after flossing, or maybe your gum tissue seems a little puffy. However, untreated cases can quickly grow to threaten your smile and overall wellbeing, even resulting in tooth loss. At Soldotna Dental Arts, we strive to catch and treat gum disease in its earliest stages possible through dedicated preventive care, early intervention, and personalized therapy techniques. Please contact us today to schedule a visit.
Scaling and root planing can essentially be thought of as a dental cleaning that’s been elevated to the next level. Our team will carry out this process in two distinct parts — first, bacterial buildup will be eliminated from above and underneath the gum line. Then, the tooth root surfaces will be carefully and thoroughly smoothed to eliminate rough surfaces, which are prime targets for plaque and tartar. Our goal is to revitalize the patient’s oral health and reduce their risk of further inflammation.
Antibiotic therapy may be recommended as a supplement to scaling and root planing or soft tissue laser therapy in order to maximize the positive effects of periodontal therapy. We will apply the medication directly to the gum tissue so that it can continue to eliminate dangerous bacteria and help reduce the size of the periodontal pockets for days and weeks following the initial treatment.
When treating moderate cases of gum disease, our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser can provide precise, comfortable improvements that exceed expectations. The technology’s focused beam will conservatively remove diseased tissue while leaving healthy structure safely in place. The sterilizing power of the laser also minimizes common post-operative symptoms like bleeding and swelling. Most of our patients are so relaxed throughout the process that they don’t even need local anesthesia.
Ozone treatment is one of the most minimally invasive treatment options for gum disease available today. The direct application of ozone in a safe gas form works to eliminate “bad” bacteria from the mouth while leaving healthy bacteria safely in place, which is the optimal outcome when treating a dangerous bacterial infection such as this. We hope to share the positive benefits of this style of treatment with compatible patients soon.