Periodontal Therapy - Holbrook, MA | Scituate, MA
Protecting Your Oral & Overall Health
Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease is actually the most common dental health issue in the US? This bacterial infection attacks the gums, roots of the teeth, and it’s also considered a risk factor for other serious health issues like heart attack and stroke. At Pearl Dental Associates, we take the health of the gums very seriously, which is why we provide a number of services designed to find the disease early and treat it quickly. If you have red, swollen, or tender gums that tend to bleed whenever you brush, contact us today so we can start safeguarding your oral health.
Why Choose Us for Periodontal Therapy?
- Dedicated gum screenings at every appointment
- Painless gum recession treatment with the Chao Pinhole Technique
- Deep cleanings & periodontal therapy available
Scaling & Root Planing
If we have discovered that a patient has gum disease, the first thing we’ll do is perform a scaling and root planing treatment. Think of it as a special dental cleaning that is specifically focused on the gums and roots of the teeth. With it, we’ll remove any plaque and bacteria from below the gum line, and then we’ll gently smooth out the tooth roots. Why do this? This makes plaque and bacteria less likely to gather on the gums in the future, lowering a patient’s chances of reinfection.
Chao Pinhole Technique
Gum recession, in which the gum actually pull back from the teeth, is one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Previously, the only solution to this problem was an invasive gum graft, but at Pearl Dental Associates, we now have a much better option.
With the Chao Pinhole Technique, we can restore the gum line literally using a small hole no bigger than a pin. Using special tools, your dentist can use a hole placed in the gums to gently stretch and massage them into their original position. Compared to a traditional gum graft, this approach is faster, more comfortable, and leads to faster healing.
After an initial periodontal cleaning, our team may choose to apply a topical antibiotic directly to the gums called Arestin. There, it will quickly dry, and then it will slowly dissolve over the next few days, enabling the powerful medicine to reach and kill any bacteria still hidden deep beneath the gums. Once this process is complete, we’ll recommend that a patient come to see us more often for regular dental cleanings to make sure the infection doesn’t come back.