What Are My Gum Disease Treatment Options?

Artistic rendering of the stages of periodontal or gum disease

No one wants to deal with gum disease, but the good news is that if you do experience it, Santa Teresa Smiles offers a few different options for taking care of it. Since gum disease can range in severity, there’s also a range of treatments available. Read on to the learn about some of your main choices when it comes to eliminating gum disease.

Deep Cleaning

One of the common first courses of action with gum disease is to do a deep cleaning. This is also sometimes called a scaling and root planing. The scaling portion involves removing any tartar that has built up on your tooth and under your gums. The root planing involves smoothing down the root surfaces of your teeth so that it’s less likely for tartar and bacteria to accumulate there again.

ARESTIN Gum Treatment

ARESTIN® is a form of antibiotic treatment that can help fight gum disease. The way it works is that the medicine is placed inside the pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums. Then the medicine is left to do its work which is combating bad bacteria while also shrinking the pocket size. This will reduce the chance of bacteria building up in there once more.

Laser Gum Therapy

It may sound futuristic, but yes lasers can help take on gum disease! Laser gum therapy is a modern, less invasive alternative to gum disease surgery. The dental laser precisely targets and effectively removes any infected or inflamed gum tissue.

Gum Health in Santa Teresa, NM

At Santa Teresa Smiles, we’re proud to offer this range of gum disease treatment options as part of our comprehensive dental services. Don’t worry if you don’t know which one is the right choice for you. That’s what our expert team is here for! All you have to do is book a visit to our dental practice in Santa Teresa, and we’ll take care of you.