Gum Disease Treatment – Worcester, MA
Protecting Your Smile from Gum Disease
Gum disease is an extremely common oral health issue. In fact, around 50% of adults have it in one form or another. The condition often develops silently, but there are still some telltale symptoms you might notice, like bleeding gums, loose teeth, and gum recession. Call Community Dentists of Worcester right away if you believe you might have gum disease; having the problem diagnosed and treated as soon as possible can help you avoid the worst of the damage. Our dental team can offer a number of options for gum disease treatment in Worcester, MA to address your gum disease symptoms and keep your smile as a whole safe.
Why Choose Community Dentists of Worcester for Gum Disease Treatment?
- State-of-the-Art Soft Tissue Lasers
- Multiple Dental Insurance Plans Accepted
- Dental Office That Offers Evening Hours
Scaling & Root Planing
The deep cleaning process that is often performed to treat gum disease consists of two main steps: scaling and root planing. Scaling is when we remove plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth while paying especially close attention to the pockets of your gums. Then, during root planing, we will smooth out the roots of your teeth. Smooth tooth roots help the gums reattach themselves properly and make it harder for harmful bacteria to accumulate.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
We can use a soft tissue laser to get rid of the oral bacteria that cause gum disease. The energy from the laser will both sterilize your mouth and allow us to remove the tissue that has already been damaged by gum disease. That way, only healthy gum tissue will remain in your mouth. Soft tissue laser therapy is very gentle and can often be performed without numbing your mouth first. It also keeps bleeding to a minimum since the laser will quickly seal off any blood vessels.
Antibiotic therapy may be recommended in addition to scaling and root planing or soft tissue laser therapy. The idea is to help you continue to fight the bacteria in your mouth so that your gums have an opportunity to heal. The antibiotics used often come in pill form, but we might also give you some medicated mouthwash based on your needs. At the beginning of your treatment, we’ll explain how long you can expect it to take. Make sure to follow our instructions carefully in order to avoid the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.