This is a procedure performed by your dental hygienist to remove bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that have reached down below your gum line and started to infect the gums around your teeth. Your hygienist will use a local anesthetic to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire treatment, and focus on cleaning the space underneath your gums. Sometimes, a person will only have a few localized areas in their mouth that require gum therapy to heal infections, while other times your entire mouth will need gum therapy.
Sometimes, for people with periodontal disease, we can place an antibiotic called Arestin below the gumline to help heal the infection faster. If your hygienist thinks it will be beneficial, we’ll recommend this in conjunction with gum therapy.
Osseous surgery is recommended when there is bone loss surrounding your teeth. It is prescribed for people that have not responded to nonsurgical treatment like gum therapy. Osseous surgery is a traditional procedure that eliminates gum pockets by taking away the infected gum tissue and diseased bone.
LANAP is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Gardner designed for the treatment of gum disease. Through the use of lasers, it can correct the condition and help regrow healthy gum tissue. Due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure, there is a very short recovery time compared to that of osseous surgery. You can learn more about LANAP on this website.
Bone grafts serve as a platform to regrow new bone to restore stability to your teeth. Soft tissue grafts can reinforce thinning gums or areas where gum recession has occurred.
Once your gum infection is under control, it’s very important to come back and see us for gum care visits. Gum care appointments are the equivalent of a “cleaning” for people who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, but even more important. In addition to cleaning the superficial areas on your teeth, your hygienist will pay extra attention to managing your gum infection and ensuring that the results of your previous treatment stay successful.
Dr. Lydia Gardner graduated with an AB in Psychology and a language citation in French from Harvard University. She then went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She was inducted into the prestigious OKU national dental honor society which has moral as well as academic selection criteria. Dr….