Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is one of the most common and most damaging dental problems in the entire world. Left untreated, it can cause chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and even increase a person’s chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke. To help our patients with this issue, Dr. Gabriel Nossa is happy to provide comprehensive periodontal therapy in Gainesville. With it, we’ll not only safeguard your smile, but your overall health as well. If you’re experiencing symptoms like red, swollen, or tender gums, please contact us today.
A scaling and root planing treatment allows us to attack periodontal disease right at the source. For this, your hygienist will first use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up and clear away any plaque or tartar deposits located around your gum line, and then the roots of your teeth will be gently reshaped to make them less likely to trap plaque in the future, significantly lowering your chances of redeveloping gum disease.
After a scaling and root planing treatment, our team may choose to apply a topical antibiotic, Arestin, to your gums to further fight the infection. This is a powdery substance that is actually made of thousands of tiny microspheres filled with a powerful antimicrobial agent. When applied to the gums, it will harden into a wax-like texture and slowly dissolve over the next seven days, allowing the medicine to reach even the most deeply hidden bacteria.