Many people tend to focus on the teeth when they think about their oral health, but the gums deserve just as much attention for a number of reasons. Not only is the gum tissue important for protecting the more vulnerable areas of your teeth, but it gives them a place to live! Without healthy gum tissue, your teeth are sure to become exposed, loose and even fall out! After all, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In the event you develop gum disease, Anthem Dentistry has multiple options for gum disease treatment in Anthem, AZ that are sure to help.
The first step in treating advanced gum disease is scaling, which is a process where bacteria, plaque and tartar above and beneath the gum line are removed. This works to stop the progression of your gum infection. The next step is known as root planing, which focuses more on the roots of teeth. By smoothing out the roots, we can promote their reattachment to the gums and reduce the risk of future infection moving forward. Depending on how extensive your gum disease is, this deep cleaning process may need to be completed over multiple appointments.
Following your routine deep cleaning, we will provide an antibiotic that is placed within the deep pockets of your gum tissue. These pockets generally appear as a result of gum recession, making it easier for food debris to get trapped in between teeth and cause irritation and inflammation. Once the antibiotics are applied, they are slowly released and dissolve naturally inside your mouth over the next week or so. Following your next checkup, we’ll confirm that the antibiotics are working as intended.