According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every two Americans has gum disease. When your mouth becomes overrun with harmful oral bacteria due to poor oral hygiene, a weakened immune system, or other causes, you’ll notice the early signs of this condition, like inflamed and bleeding gums. Without proper treatment, it could progress and cause more permanent damage to your mouth. Our periodontal expert, Dr. Gadalla, is specially trained to tackle this disease and restore the health of your mouth. To learn more about how we can treat this problem, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation to discuss gum disease treatment in Muskegon, MI.
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that we suggest for patients who are showing early signs of gum disease, such as bleeding and inflamed gums. We’ll begin the treatment by removing all plaque and tartar from your teeth, as far down as the pockets of your gums. This will help minimize the presence of harmful oral bacteria that caused these symptoms to appear. Lastly, we’ll smooth out the roots of your teeth to allow your gums to healthily reattach to them.
The Chao Pinhole surgical technique is a minimally invasive procedure that works just as a needle and thread would pull two pieces of fabric together. A small hole is made in the receded gums, where we’ll insert a special instrument to gently guide it downward (or upward) to cover the exposed root of your tooth. This will provide the vulnerable roots of your teeth with protection that they would be lacking if your gums were to continue receding.
We typically recommend antibiotic therapy in combination with scaling and root planing or the Chao Pinhole surgical technique. We’ll provide you with an antibiotic prescription in the form of mouthwash or a pill to help fight off harmful oral bacteria causing your symptoms. Since each patients’ needs are different, we prescribe the antibiotic based on your personal situation and how far your gum disease has advanced.