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Advanced Periodontal Care for All Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic health conditions. Resulting from an abundance of oral bacteria, gum disease can cause severe dental damage, including tooth loss and jawbone recession. Fortunately, we offer complete periodontal care at our Phoenix, AZ area offices. The right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your condition. Typically, the dentists in our practice will perform a deep cleaning for moderate gum disease. If you have severe periodontitis, they may recommend gum grafting. Our team often uses top-of-the-line soft tissue lasers to perform periodontal treatments with minimal discomfort.

Illustration of the four steps of gum disease.
As gum disease advances, the gums pull away as pockets form around the teeth.

Do I Require Periodontal Care?

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of gum disease, you will benefit from our periodontal treatment. These symptoms can include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Missing loss
  • Jawbone degeneration

Once you notice these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Without appropriate care, they will worsen, eventually causing widespread damage. Additionally, untreated gum disease may affect your systemic health. Various studies reveal a connection between periodontitis and heart disease.

“If you have mild to moderate gum disease, we will typically recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.”

Deep Cleanings

If you have mild to moderate gum disease, we will typically recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. First, your dentist will numb your gums using powerful local anesthesia. Then he will clean out the pockets of bacteria, paying close attention to the areas around your dental roots. Rough patches on your roots can often trap microbes. Therefore, your periodontist will also smooth these patches to keep bacteria from coming back. In many cases, your doctor may also place a topical antibiotic in the pockets.

Our team often uses soft tissue lasers to perform deep cleanings. These tools will thoroughly eradicate bacteria. In addition, lasers are very precise, so they will not irritate the healthy tissues nearby.

Gum Grafting

If you have more severe gum disease, your practitioner may recommend a gum graft. After numbing your gums, he will often begin by removing the diseased tissue. For qualified patients, he will use a laser to perform this treatment. In addition to making your care very accurate, the laser energy will seal your blood vessels, so you should experience little bleeding, inflammation, or sensitivity. Healing will also be very quick and easy. After eliminating the damaged portion of your gums, your dentist will rebuild your gum line. Typically, he will take a sample of your own tissue from your soft palate or another area. Then he will place the sample over the receded parts of your gums. Small sutures will keep the sample in place as it starts to heal. In some cases, your doctor may use a special membrane to speed this healing process.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about our periodontal treatments and advanced technology, contact our office today. Following a thorough exam, your doctor can determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

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As a fellow dental specialist working closely with Dr. Peterson, he is at the top of my list for patient care and surgical skills. He genuinely cares for his patients and wants the best for them.

Dr. Kent Howell