Flagstaff, AZ Gum Disease Treatments
If you are one of the millions of US adults who suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, Dr. John Bacon and Dr. Brad Lerud of Flagstaff Downtown Dental can help you renew oral health following even the most advanced periodontal disease. We offer a wide array of periodontal therapies to protect your smile from the potentially detrimental effects of mild gum disease, gingivitis, or advanced gum disease, periodontitis. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment in our Flagstaff, AZ office.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the early stages, we may be able to halt the advance of gum disease and prevent further damage with more frequent professional teeth cleanings and improved at home hygiene. For more advanced cases, we’ll likely provide treatment using a combination of two advanced cleaning procedures. First, we’ll complete scaling. This is the careful, systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gums. Root planing is the smoothing of root surfaces in order to prevent plaque and tartar buildup in the future.
Soft Tissue Laser
Traditionally, scaling and root planing were performed using metal tools that could cause irritation to the soft tissue. However, our team used advanced soft tissue laser technology to provide comfortable, effective debridement of plaque and tartar below the gums. With minimal bleeding and discomfort during treatment and significantly reduced healing time following your procedure, soft tissue lasers give us the ability to perform even the most advanced scaling and root planing procedures in complete comfort.
Following scaling and root planing or other periodontal therapies, we may also recommend oral or topical antibiotic therapy. In most cases, we use topical antibiotics applied directly to the treated area to protect smiles directly following scaling and root planing, and oral antibiotics are used prior to advanced cleanings. Bacteria produces plaque that can lead to gum disease, and by reducing the number of oral bacteria, we can help limit the chances of recurring periodontal disease. In conjunction with more frequent teeth cleanings, antibiotic therapy may be the best way to maintain your optimal level of oral health.