Periodontal Therapy- Portage, IN
We Can Banish Gum Disease For Good
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is a gradual infection that affects nearly half of all adults in the United States. What’s worse is that a significant portion of this percentage isn’t even aware of their condition. At Advanced Dental Concepts, our dentists are determined to identify the presence of gum disease in its earliest stages through dedicated screenings. We want to prevent the early form of the infection (gingivitis) from progressing to its advanced stage (periodontitis), which can result in tooth loss and other severe consequences. If you are experiencing bleeding gums or other concerning symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact our Portage, IN office today for assistance.
Scaling & Root Planing
Gum disease begins when bacteria-filled plaque and tartar starts to build up at the gum line. Over time, this presence causes inflammation, irritation, and the eventual destruction of healthy soft and hard tissue. In the earliest stages, this infection can be combated with more diligent hygiene, both in our office and at-home with brushing and flossing. When more advanced treatment becomes necessary, scaling and root planing is an effective method for combating the damage. Scaling will involve the thorough elimination of plaque and tartar from below the patient’s natural gum line, while root planing is the dedicated smoothing of tooth root surfaces to prevent further build-ups over time.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
Traditionally, dentists used scalpels and sutures to treat infected gum tissue. We would have to cut away the damaged structure and then stitch what remained back into its rightful place, resulting in a lengthy recovery process. At Advanced Dental Concepts, we are happy to have transformed this service for the better with the help of our soft tissue laser. Now, damaged tissue can be treated precisely and with instant sterilization, which reduces post-operative symptoms and results in a much smoother recovery period.
Topical antibiotic therapy may be recommended as a supplement to scaling and root planing. We will provide patients with medication in a powdered form that helps to reduce any remaining infectious bacteria left along the gum line. The positive effects of this medication will last for several weeks at time. Our goal is to minimize the risk of further inflammation and help patients maintain a healthier, stronger smile following treatment.