Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Long Beach, CA
Preserve the Foundation of Your Smile
Even though your teeth take center stage in your smile, your gums are just as important when it comes to your oral health. They give your teeth the strong foundation they need. If your gums have been red, swollen, or bleeding easily when you brush or floss, then you might have an early stage of gum disease, a serious condition that can cause tooth loss if left unaddressed. Contact our dental office to learn how Dr. Listiyo can preserve your healthy smile with gum disease treatment!
Why Choose Listiyo Family Dental for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- Sedation Dentistry Available for Anxious Patients
- Relaxing, Spa-Like Dental Office
- Laser Gum Therapy for Enhanced Comfort
Scaling & Root Planing
While early-stage gum disease can sometimes be reversed with a normal cleaning and increased oral hygiene, we’ll need to perform scaling and root planing if the condition has advanced. Essentially a type of dental cleaning that focuses on the gums, this treatment involves clearing away built-up tartar along the gumline (scaling) and smoothing down the teeth’s roots (root planing). This encourages healing while discouraging reinfection.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Thanks to our Picasso soft tissue laser, we’re able to perform periodontal therapy in a manner that is much more comfortable and conservative than traditional methods. This device emits a small, concentrated beam of light that blasts away harmful bacteria. It also removes diseased tissue without requiring a scalpel or sutures, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. Because the laser cauterizes the tissue on contact, any post-op bleeding or discomfort you experience is minimized.
Even with our highly advanced instruments, there are some tiny sections of your gums that we can’t access, so some bacteria may linger. To eliminate the infection in these areas, we’ll typically supplement scaling and root planing with antibiotic therapy. This may entail applying a topical antibacterial medicine that disperses throughout the gums, or we may prescribe a round of antibiotics in pill form.