GUM DISEASE TREATMENT | Scituate And Holbrook, MA

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Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease is the most common dental health issue in the U.S.? In fact, research shows that more than 70% people aged 65 and older have some degree of gum disease. In addition to age, contributing factors that can increase your risk of gum disease include tobacco use, genetics, stress, poor nutrition, teeth clenching, and certain systemic diseases. At Pearl Dental Associates, we take this common oral health issue seriously and know the importance of early detection and treatment. If you have red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush, we encourage you to contact us today for gum disease treatment in Holbrook and Scituate, MA to protect your long-term smile, oral health, and systemic health.

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, which produces toxins that can infect your gums and teeth.

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, which produces toxins that can infect your gums and teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it hardens and turns into tartar and your gums become inflamed and infected. While gum disease is the leading cause of bleeding gums and tooth loss in adults, studies also show it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and dementia, and can lead to pregnancy complications. Timely gum disease treatment in Scituate and Holbrook, MA can save your smile and so much more!

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Why Choose Us for Periodontal Therapy?

The good news is gum disease is preventable – and curable in early stages! That’s why our team performs dedicated gum screenings at every appointment. Our dentists will assess your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that reflects your unique needs. If you have gum disease, we offer different treatments targeted at stopping gum disease in its tracks, such as deep cleanings, periodontal therapy, and an innovative, minimally invasive technique for gum recession. We also offer minimal oral sedation to ensure you’re comfortable during treatment. You can do your part to prevent gum disease with a good oral hygiene routine at home and getting professional teeth cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. With regular professional care, maintenance, and good oral health habits, gum disease doesn’t have to damage your smile ever again!

Personalized Gum Disease Treatments

If we determine you have gum disease and detect periodontal pockets, the first thing we do is perform scaling and root planing. This is a special deep cleaning focused specifically on the gums and roots of your teeth. During this procedure, we remove any plaque and bacteria from below the gumline, then gently smooth out the tooth roots. This reduces the chance of plaque and bacteria impacting your gums in the future and lowers the risk of reinfection.
After an initial periodontal cleaning, our team may choose to apply a topical antibiotic directly to your gums called Arestin, which is a type of tetracycline. This quickly dries, then slowly dissolves over a few days, enabling the powerful medicine to reach and kill any residual bacteria hidden deep beneath your gums. Once this process is complete, we recommend that you schedule regular dental cleanings at more frequent intervals to ensure the infection doesn’t recur.
This surgical procedure is performed to gain access to diseased root and bone areas, remove bacteria and infected gum tissue, and reduce pockets. After we administer a local anesthetic and minimal oral sedation if needed, we make an incision at your gumline and then fold back the gums to clean out bacteria. If any of the exposed bone is damaged or shaped irregularly, we smooth them out to reduce the risk of bacteria growth causing re-infection. If your bone is significantly damaged, we offer plasma rich growth factors and plasma-rich fibrin to enhance the healing process. Then we suture your gums back into place and cover them with dental dressing.

One of the most common symptoms of gum disease, gum recession causes gum tissue to pull away from your teeth, thereby exposing more of the tooth roots. If gum recession progresses unchecked, pockets can form between your teeth and gumline. This makes it easy for harmful bacteria to proliferate and eventually causes tooth loss. In the past, the only solution to resolve this problem was an invasive gum graft. At Pearl Dental Associates, we’re trained in the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free, minimally invasive procedure for correcting gum recession. Through a small hole made by a needle, we use specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of your tooth. This proven technique is effective at preventing tooth loss without the postsurgical issues associated with traditional gum grafts. Postoperative symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bleeding are minimal and the pinholes typically heal in 24 hours.

A few months after a professional cleaning, bacterial plaque can cause gum disease to recur. We recommend periodontal maintenance with deeper cleanings at 3-4-month intervals to help keep your gums and teeth healthy. The severity of your gum disease, response to other soft tissue procedures, plaque growth rate, and oral care at home determines how often you’ll need this done.

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