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When you brush your teeth, do you end up finding blood on your toothbrush? This could mean that the soft tissues in your mouth have become infected – in other words, you may have developed gum disease. Leaving this condition alone can be dangerous; you could start losing your teeth, and your risk for other conditions such as heart problems will go up. Fortunately, Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles can offer multiple forms of safe, effective periodontal therapy. Call Dr. Kandov as soon as you think you might have a gum infection; we’ll use are state-of-the-art tools to help keep your smile safe.
When gum disease reaches its most advanced stage (periodontitis), it will be beyond the point where it can be reversed by a traditional cleaning. We can instead perform a deep cleaning using two procedures known as scaling and root planing. After plaque and tartar have been removed from above and below the gum line, we will smooth any rough spots on the surface of the tooth’s roots. This gets rid of harmful bacteria and helps the gum tissue heal.
To kill any bacteria in your mouth that might be contributing to gum disease, we can provide antibiotic therapy using a powder-based medication called Arestin. The powder is actually made of several microspheres that each contain minocycline. After the spheres have been injected into a gum pocket, they slowly release the medicine over the course of two to three weeks. In this way, Arestin can directly fight an infection for a long period of time.
Scaling and root planing are typically performed with manual tools, but at Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles, we can enhance the treatment by using the leading-edge DEKA CO2 laser. This tool essentially evaporates the infected tissue, meaning there’s no need to cut into your gums; in other words, the nearby healthy tissue is preserved. Also, since lasers can help seal exposed blood vessels, there is significantly less bleeding, and recovery time will be much shorter as well.