Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Edmond, OK
Protect Your Smile’s Foundation
The gums are the unsung hero of your smile. They protect the roots of your teeth, keep them stable, and bring nutrients to your smile so it stays healthy and strong. Unfortunately, it can sometimes fall victim to an infection called gum disease, which if ignored, will eventually lead to tooth loss. If anyone in your household has red, swollen, or bleeding gums, give us a call today—Dr. Kent Smith can put a stop to the problem right away with dedicated periodontal therapy.
Why Choose Kent Smith DDS for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- Gum Screenings Performed at Every Single Checkup
- Expert Hygiene Team That Can Treat the Source of Infection
- Antibiotic Therapy: Professional Care That Works at Home
Scaling & Root Planing
Plaque and bacteria can accumulate below your gum line, and this is often the root cause of gum disease. Scaling is a cleaning procedure that removes this harmful buildup, and it’s usually paired with root planing. This technique involves slightly reshaping the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots so that the gums heal more quickly and reattach firmly. This helps put a stop to a current infection while also preventing future ones.
Over time, gum disease can cause small pockets filled with bacteria to form between the gums and teeth, and these are extremely difficult to adequately clean with scaling alone. Instead, we can apply an antibiotic directly to the gums that goes on dry and dissolves over the course of a week. This allows the medicine to reach the bottom of these pockets and kill any remaining bacteria. It’s also proven to reduce the size of these pockets, which can prevent further oral health issues.
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