Treatment and Maintenance for Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is the second-most common dental health issue (next to tooth decay), and it is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When left untreated, the chronic inflammation associated with gum disease can raise your risks of other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Typically, gum disease forms when oral bacteria gather excessively along your gum line leading to infection and inflammation (known as gingivitis). To keep your smile healthy, we offer a variety of periodontal treatments to prevent or control gingivitis and gum disease.

Ultrasonic Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning, is similar to dental cleaning in that the procedure removes harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. However, deep cleaning involves clearing away the oral bacteria that settle under your gums and on the surfaces of your roots. For a more comfortable experience, we perform ultrasonic scaling using advanced sound-wave technology to more comfortably break up plaque and tartar. When performed in the early stages, ultrasonic scaling and root planing can reverse gingivitis by allowing the gums to heal before gum disease sets in.

Periodontal Maintenance

When gum disease develops, it usually can’t be reversed, although it can be controlled so that it doesn’t cause irreversible damage, such as tooth loss. Periodontal maintenance begins with ultrasonic scaling and root planing, to clean away harmful oral bacteria and stop the disease from growing worse. Afterward, we will work with you to develop an appropriate schedule of routine exams and cleanings, and if necessary, prescribe antibiotics to keep gum disease at bay. In severe cases, we may refer you to a trusted, highly skilled periodontist for specialized treatment and maintenance.

Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

As gum disease progresses, it can leave your gum tissues irrevocably damaged. Part of your periodontal maintenance may include removing diseased tissues so your healthy gums can flourish. Using a carefully calibrated soft-tissue laser, our laser-certified hygienists can perform laser gum surgery that is faster, safer, more comfortable, and more precise than traditional surgery.

If you exhibit signs of gingivitis or gum disease, don’t hesitate to undergo periodontal treatment to save your smile. To schedule your next dental exam, call our dental office in Urbandale, IA, today at 515-278-4366.