Gum Disease Treatment – Jackson, MS
Treating Your Bleeding, Sensitive Gums
Everyone knows about the risk cavities pose to the rest of your smile, but gum disease can be just as big of a threat to your oral health. A bacterial infection of the gums can lead to bleeding, chronic bad breath, and tooth loss; it could even raise your risk for heart problems and other health issues. At Lakeland Dental Care, we can offer a wide variety of options for gum disease treatment in Jackson so that you can keep your gums healthy and the rest of your smile safe. Call today to schedule a periodontal consultation with Dr. Malley.
Why Choose Lakeland Dental Care for Gum Disease Treatment?
- State of the Art Soft Tissue Lasers
- Thorough, Gentle Scaling and Root Planing
- Locally Owned and Operated Practice
Scaling & Root Planing
A regular dental cleaning can sometimes be used to reverse the earliest stages of gum disease, but more advanced cases usually call for scaling and root planing. Scaling involves breaking up any plaque or bacteria buildup below the gums; root planing is the process of reshaping and smoothing out the roots of the teeth. These two steps give the gum tissues a chance to heal and let them reattach to the tooth roots while keeping the risk of reinfection to a minimum.
A single scaling and root planing session likely won’t get rid of all of the bacteria contributing to gum disease. That’s why we’ll likely prescribe antibiotic therapy as well. With the help of antibiotics, you can keep the bacteria levels in your mouth under control during the weeks after your initial periodontal treatment. The type of antibiotic we prescribe will depend on the type and severity of the infection. Be sure to carefully follow any directions provided for taking the antibiotic.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Modern dental technology has given us a faster, gentler way to treat gum disease. A soft tissue laser can be used to gently remove infected tissue while also sterilizing the area to reduce the risk of further bacteria attacks. This type of periodontal therapy involves little to no discomfort; in fact, we usually don’t even have to numb the mouth before the procedure. Furthermore, the energy from the laser will automatically cauterize any exposed blood vessels, so there will be much less bleeding at the end of your appointment.