Gum disease has become one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States and around the world. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and a surprisingly high percentage of them have some level of periodontitis, the more advanced form of the condition. With modern solutions from Dr. Candon, your journey to positive gum health can continue. To begin your periodontal therapy in Indian Land, SC, call our dental office!
During the scaling and root planing process, plaque and tartar need to be removed from areas above and below the gum line. Scaling is intended to remove calcified plaque from underneath gum tissue, preventing the infection from spreading or worsening. Root planing involves smoothing out the roots of teeth so they can better reattach to the gums and be less likely to become infected later. Scaling and root planing needs to be performed every three to four months to ensure long-term healing.
While gum therapy begins at the dental office, it certainly doesn’t end there. Following your scaling and root planing treatment, Dr. Candon will apply an antibiotic directly to your gums in order to promote healing of the gum tissue. By applying the antibiotic directly to the deep pockets formed in between your teeth, we can accelerate the healing process and reduce the risk of your gums becoming re-infected after already completing a portion of your scaling and root planing therapy.
If you fear the idea of completing gum therapy, you’ll be happy to learn that Dr. Candon incorporates laser dentistry into his dental office. The soft tissue laser he uses is specifically designed to make gum therapy more comfortable, precise and easier to complete. It also reduces the symptoms that can accompany aftercare, including soreness of the gums. Alternatively, laser dentistry can be used to make adjustments to your gum tissue’s appearance, making your smile look fuller and more even.