Gum Disease Treatments in State College, PA
Periodontal disease, or gum disease as it’s more commonly known, is one of the most common oral health conditions among US adults. During your regular six month checkup with Kevin P. Labosky, DMD, the doctor will screen for warning signs and work with you to prevent gum disease. We also offer a variety of periodontal therapies to renew oral health and protect your smile. Call to schedule an appointment if you notice any of the warning signs of periodontal disease.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the earliest stages of gum disease, often referred to as gingivitis, improving at-home hygiene and receiving more frequent professional cleanings may adequately renew oral health. If gingivitis progresses to the more advanced form, periodontitis, we will need to perform more aggressive treatments. Typically, we start by combining two procedures: scaling and root planning. Scaling is the systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of teeth as well as any soft tissue that has been irreparably damaged by gum disease. Then, we complete a root planning procedure where the roots of teeth are smoothed to prevent future plaque and tartar buildup. Following these procedures, we will need to continue maintenance deep cleanings every three or four months to prevent the return or progress of gum disease. Additionally, we may offer antibiotic therapy to reduce the number of plaque producing bacteria in the mouth.
Bacteria in the mouth absorb nutrients from the foods and drinks you consume and excrete the sticky, acidic biofilm known as plaque that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. For this reason, we may recommend oral or topical antibiotics to limit the number of bacteria in the mouth to reduce plaque production. Antibiotics are typically used before or after scaling and root planning to promote healing and prevent further tissue loss or damage.