You’ve likely heard of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease to dental health professionals. Gum disease is a common oral health complaint that occurs in the majority of people at some point in their lives. During every dental exam at the Topton dental office of Edward M. Carter, DMD, we’ll look for signs of gum disease, and we offer periodontal therapy for times when we discover that gum disease is an issue.
How do you know if you’re in need of periodontal therapy? If you’ve noticed these symptoms of gum disease, you should definitely seek treatment:
Sometimes people think that bleeding gums are somewhat normal, but they’re not healthy! If your gums bleed when you brush of floss, get them checked for gum disease at our Topton, PA dental office.
Scaling & root planing is an in-depth cleaning that targets accumulations of harmful plaque underneath the gum tissue. Dr. Carter will thoroughly clear these areas before targeting the rough spots on the tooth roots, which are more likely to attract bacteria over time. By carefully smoothing the roots, our team can promote the healthy reattachment of gum tissue and minimize the risks of further flare-ups in the future.
We’ve incorporated laser dentistry into the care at our office, using a soft tissue laser to improve your gum disease therapy. Lasers can virtually eliminate bleeding, swelling, and post-procedural pain. Using the laser, we can remove diseased tissue quickly with little discomfort, and the laser even encourages faster healing. If you’ve got dental anxiety – and even if you don’t – the soft tissue laser for periodontal therapy is a truly amazing piece of dental care technology.