Protecting Smiles with Periodontal Therapy
Gum disease. It's the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults, and it affects 75% of Americans over the age of 35, according to the FDA. The first signs of gum disease include tender, red, puffy gums, or gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. However, some patients have gum disease without any symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have gingivitis is to see your dentist for a checkup. Dr. Smith, Dr. Jackson, and our hygiene team will gently inspect your soft tissues and let you know if you have any stage of gum disease.
Take heart, though, while gum disease can progress quickly and cause a host of problems, including increased risk for strokes and heart attacks, the Smiles of Broadway team can help you arrest and control the disease, then reverse the damage it has caused.
We offer scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapy to deter the factors that cause gum disease and destroy harmful bacteria. Scaling involves removing hardened plaque, also called tartar, from below the gum line. Root planing is the process of removing rough areas on teeth's roots, areas prone to plaque buildup. The antibiotic treatment we use involves placing antibiotics in the loose pockets of gums where the medication can kill bacteria and promote healing. In some cases, periodontal surgery may be required to completely restore oral health.