Treatment for Gum Disease for Maplewood, MN Area Patients
When patients visit their dentist, they are usually primarily concerned with finding out if they have a cavity. However, there is a condition that is even more threatening to your oral health than cavities – gum disease.
Gum disease, typically in the form of gingivitis or periodontitis, can easily lead to tooth loss. Additionally, gum disease may cause the bones of your jaw to atrophy and is an active infection that can spread to other areas of your body. Patients with certain conditions, such as diabetes and heart issues, are especially susceptible to these infections.
One of the main ways that Dr. Simonson combats gum disease is through a scaling and root planing treatment. This procedure is commonly known as a “deep cleaning,” a more thorough version of your regular dental cleaning. Under pain-free local anesthesia, Dr. Simonson and her team go under your gums to immaculately clean the roots of your teeth and the deepest parts of your gum pockets where the harmful bacteria live. With these efforts, she can often control and halt gum disease.
Local Antibiotic Application
Local application of antibiotics is another gum disease treatment available at Bluejay Family Dentistry. Dr. Simonson will apply an effective antibiotic, known as ARESTIN, directly into your gum pockets. The tiny microspheres in ARESTIN release antibiotics over several weeks, providing long-term treatment of periodontal bacterial infections.
We go to great lengths to ensure your comfort during any treatment at Bluejay Family Dentistry, including using nitrous oxide for relaxation. Don’t hesitate to call us right away at (651) 770-2900 if you have gum pain, swelling, bleeding, loose teeth, or any other sign of gum disease.