Periodontal therapy is specifically designed to help treat patients who are suffering from gum disease, an infection of the gum tissue and bone that surround the teeth. Initially, symptoms are subtle, including redness, bleeding, and irritation. However, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults. Dr. Pate and our team will keep a close eye on your gums, and if you show any signs of this condition, we’ll quickly treat it. If you have red, tender, or puffy gums that bleed whenever you clean your teeth, be sure to contact us today.
Scaling and root planing is the first line of defense against early-stage gum disease. This is the cleaning and removal of plaque, bacterial toxins and calculus from your teeth and root surfaces, as well as gum pocket irrigation.
As part of your periodontal therapy regimen, Dr. Pate may choose to apply an antibiotic directly under the infected gums to help suppress or eradicate harmful bacteria and to support healing. This antibiotic consists of thousands of tiny microspheres, each filled with a highly potent antimicrobial agent. It will initially harden into a wax-like texture slowly dissolve over the next few days, which will allow the medicine to reach even the deepest, most hidden bacteria.