Periodontal Therapy in Longmont and Loveland, CO
As the gateway to the rest of your body, your gums play an important role in your overall health. When they are infected – as the majority of American adults’ are – your systemic wellbeing may be diminished, too. Periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart trouble, pneumonia, uncontrolled diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. During regular checkups and cleanings in Longmont and Loveland, CO, we will check in on your gum health. If infection is present, we will discuss periodontal therapy to heal your smile.
Scaling & Root Planing
In its beginning stages, gum disease can be reversed with improved dental hygiene at home and a couple of extra visits to the dentist. By the time the condition advances to later stages, however, more advanced treatment may be needed to heal your gums.
Moderate levels of gum disease are treated with scaling and root planing. It’s a nonsurgical procedure in which your dentist or one of our highly-trained hygienists uses special tools to clean away the bacteria that causes infection.
This treatment is also sometimes referred to as a “deep cleaning.” Scaling eliminates plaque, tartar, and biofilm above and right below the gum line. Planing smooths the surface of the root to reduce inflammation and eliminate infection.
Scaling and root planing may be carried out over several appointments at Fox Creek Family Dental and is often combined with antibiotic treatment for full healing. Local anesthesia is available for your complete comfort every step of the way.
Soft Tissue Laser
Your dentists at Fox Creek Family Dental always make use of the latest dental technology when treating patients, including the AMD Picasso Lite Laser. This cutting-edge tool allows us to perform advanced periodontal therapy without the need for scalpels or sutures. Using the precision of a concentrated laser beam, we remove diseased tissue more comfortably and with reduced bleeding than is possible with traditional gum disease surgery.
If you or a loved one are dealing with the harmful effects of gum disease, protect your oral and overall wellbeing by scheduling an appointment with Fox Creek Family Dental today!