Scaling and Root Planing
If we determine that you have a mild to moderate form of gum disease, we will typically recommend that you undergo a scaling and root planing procedure, also known as a deep cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Van Slate will carefully remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth both above and below the gum line and smooth any rough spots on your dental roots to prevent the buildup of bacteria. If you have developed any periodontal pockets, we can also treat these by administering ARESTIN®. This special antibiotic contains microspheres that slowly release minocycline hydrochloride over time to continually eliminate bacteria.
Using an innovative soft-tissue laser, Dr. Van Slate can eliminate bacteria, treat periodontal pockets, and reduce biofilm that has collected on teeth.
Laser Gum Therapy
Our practice is equipped with some of the most advanced dental technology available. Depending on your periodontal needs, we may recommend laser gum therapy. Using an innovative soft-tissue laser, Dr. Van Slate can eliminate bacteria, treat periodontal pockets, and reduce biofilm that has collected on teeth. The laser does not emit vibration, heat, or sound, so laser periodontal treatment involves minimal discomfort. When compared to traditional methods, using a laser is less invasive and more accurate. If we determine that you have a more severe form of gum disease, we can refer you to a specialist in the area.
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Our range of periodontal treatments can help you achieve and maintain healthy gums. We can often address the early stages of gum disease with minimally invasive methods, before it has a chance to develop into a serious concern. To learn more about our periodontal services, contact a member of our friendly staff today.