Like tooth decay, gum disease has a tendency to sneak up on patients when they least expect it. As a result, they are often told that they have gum disease by our office or another dentist and don’t know what to do. Whether you have the early signs of gum disease or you’ve developed the more serious form known as periodontitis, our office has the treatments necessary to reduce your symptoms and put you on the right path. Call Dr. Najjar today to schedule your next appointment!
The standard for gum therapy treatment, scaling and root planing work to remove decay from above and below the gum line over a series of multiple visits. Keep in mind that once decay has developed below the gum line, it becomes impossible to reach with simple at-home oral care. Scaling works to break down and remove this decay so it can stop attacking your gums. Afterwards, we can perform root planing, which involves smoothing out the tooth roots so they can reattach to the gums.
As gum disease develops, it causes small pockets to form in between your individual teeth. This only makes it easier for food debris, bacteria, and dental plaque to collect and irritate your gums further. As part of your scaling and root planing treatment, we’ll provide antibiotic treatment to specifically target these periodontal pockets. When you come in for your follow-up treatments, we’ll pay very close attention to these areas to confirm treatment is working.