Periodontal Therapy in Montgomery, MN
Gum disease is one of the most common health conditions among US adults over 30. In fact, more than 50% of US adults have some form of periodontal or gum disease. Periodontal disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates the soft tissue causing inflammation, tenderness, and the breaking down gum tissue and supporting bone. In the earliest stages, known as gingivitis, gum disease has very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed. However, in the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, the symptoms include shifting teeth, chronic bad breath, and tooth loss. If you’d like to learn more about gum disease or schedule your preventive cleaning, contact our team today.
Scaling & Root Planing
In the early stages of gingivitis, more frequent cleanings may be effective in renewing oral health. However, if periodontal disease has advanced beyond these early stages, we may need to perform more complex treatments known as scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of damage or infected tissue and plaque and tartar buildup. Root planing is the smoothing of roots to help prevent future buildup.
Arestin® Antibiotic Therapy
Bacteria in the mouth absorb nutrients and excrete the sticky, acidic biofilm known as plaque that leads to gum disease. We use Arestin® topical antibiotic treatments to reduce the number of destructive bacteria in the surrounding gum tissue and decrease patients’ risk for gum disease.