Gum Disease Treatment – Oklahoma City, OK
We Can Help You Stop Gum Disease Early
Gum disease (also known as “periodontal disease”) is one of the most common health problems on the planet, as well as the clear leading cause for tooth loss among American adults. This gradual bacterial infection can develop in sneaky ways over time, which is why it’s so important to be visiting a trusted dentist like Dr. Isaacson for ongoing preventive care. If we do discover tell-tale signs of harm, effective therapy options are available to revitalize the health of the gums and help get your smile back on track here in Oklahoma City. Contact us today to schedule a visit!
Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for Periodontal Therapy?
- State-of-the-Art Soft Tissue Laser For Optimal Patient Comfort & Precision
- Highly Skilled & Friendly Hygiene Team
- Dedicated Periodontal Screenings During Each Checkup
Scaling & Root Planing
While traditional hygiene may be enough to combat the presence of gum disease in its earliest stages, more moderate symptoms will require our team to progress to the next level – scaling and root planing.
This in-depth cleaning has two distinct components. First, we’ll start by “scaling.” Using special instruments, our team will thoroughly and carefully remove all of the plaque build-up and hardened tartar from both above and below the patient’s gum line, paying special attention to the vulnerable areas at the very bottom of the periodontal pockets. Once this stage is complete, “root planing” will involve the gradual smoothing of the tooth root surfaces, which are prime targets for dangerous bacterial accumulation. By getting rid of the rough spots on these surfaces, we can encourage the gum tissue to naturally reattach in place over time.
Soft Tissue Laser
At Joe Isaacson Dental, we take pride in combining our patient-driven care approach with the most sophisticated tools in modern oral healthcare, such as the state-of-the-art soft tissue laser. Instead of relying on traditional scalpels and sutures for treating gum disease, this advanced technology can precisely eliminate infected tissue from the mouth while also providing immediate sterilization that helps to minimize oral bleeding. The focused beam may even encourage the growth of new, healthy tissue in its place!
Soft tissue laser therapy is so comfortable and minimally invasive that many patients don’t need local anesthesia to feel relaxed throughout the treatment process. Better yet, the recovery period is greatly accelerated as well, and it’s easier than ever to return to a regular routine right away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can gum disease cause other health issues?
Yes, gum disease may cause other health issues if left untreated. There’s a growing body of research that suggests a link between gum disease and other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The exact nature of the link is still being studied, but it's thought that the inflammation caused by gum disease can contribute to other health problems. That’s why receiving care for gum disease as soon as possible is important to maintaining good health.
How often should I see a dentist for my gum disease?
You should visit your dentist for routine cleanings at least twice a year to ensure that your smile remains free of any lingering bacteria. Your dentist may recommend more frequent visits depending on the severity of your gum disease as well as the stage of your treatment. Ask your primary dentist how often you’ll need to visit their office to protect your teeth’s health.
What can I do to maintain healthy gums after treatment?
To maintain healthy gums after treatment, it's crucial to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash after meals. You should also schedule biannual dental checkups and cleanings to catch and treat any potential problems early on. If you have any underlying health conditions that may contribute to your periodontal disease, contact your healthcare provider to manage those conditions as well.
How long will it take to treat periodontal disease?
The length of your gum disease treatment varies depending on its severity and the type of treatment needed. Mild cases can often be treated with a professional cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits over a few weeks. More advanced cases may require you to undergo scaling and root planning or even periodontal surgery, which can take several months to complete. Ask your dentist for a more accurate treatment timeline.
Quality Gum Disease Care from Dr. Joe Isaacson
Treat your gum disease with treatment provided by Dr. Joe Isaacson so that you can continue enjoying a beautiful and comfortable smile. Our Oklahoma City, OK, dental office is equipped to handle any cases of gum disease, from gingivitis to periodontitis. Call us today at (405) 943-8575 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your visit. We also welcome patients in Lakehurst, Mayview, Highland Hills, Glenbrook, and North Coronado Heights, OK.