Gum Disease Treatment
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High-Tech Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment

We use a soft-tissue laser to disinfect your infected gums.

We use the latest technology to effectively treat gum disease. We can treat mild to moderate gum disease as well as many cases of severe gum disease. We have saved many of our patients from having to have surgery.

Testing for gum disease

In your patient exam we do an analysis of your gums’ “pocket depth”. A pocket that is too deep indicates a build up of plaque, a sticky substance made up of bacteria and tartar, or calculus (hardened plaque).

Mild gum disease is known as gingivitis; untreated gum disease can lead to periodontitis, putting you in danger of losing your teeth and other complications.

It is important to treat gum disease thoroughly so we have trained our hygienists in the latest and most effective techniques and technology. Our hygienists get considerably more continuing education than the normal so that they are well trained in everything they do.

Our Gum Disease treatment procedure

Gum Disease Treatment

Our ultrasonic scalers for deep cleaning are effective and comfortable.

Gum Disease Treatment

Your treatment starts with deep cleaning using an ultrasonic scaler. Ultrasonic scalers use sound waves to break down plaque and calculus and is generally more effective and gentle than hand scalers. With the ultrasonic scaler we can get down to below the gum line to the base of the pocket.

We use our soft-tissue laser to fully disinfect your gums and, as needed, ARESTIN® antibiotic therapy. The tiny laser beam is aimed between the gum tissue and teeth where it painlessly removes and kills bacteria.

In ARESTIN® therapy time-release microspheres of antibiotic are placed below the gum line in the infected pockets. Once your treatment has finished, you will be educated on how to best keep your gums free of disease.

Once your treatment has finished, you will be educated on how to best keep your gums free of disease.

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Peer Testimonial

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“For over fifteen years I have witnessed Dr. Takacs provide her patients the highest quality of care with the most current understanding of dental procedures and technologies.

“Dr. Takacs consistently and timely identifies periodontal disease and other periodontal conditions in need of specialized care, further enhancing her patients’ comprehensive dental and overall health!”

—Dr. Leslie Horn, DMD



What is gum disease?

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Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth.

In a healthy state, the gums around your teeth are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up. If the bacteria are not removed effectively, your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). The space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria now have somewhere to hide.

As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. This leads to periodontal disease, a loss of the bone that supports the teeth.

Symptoms of gum disease

Normal gums should be firm and pinkish and should not bleed when you brush your teeth.

Warning signs of gum disease are:

  • Painful or tender gums
  • Gums that are dusky red
  • Swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Gums bleed after brushing or flossing

A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing and routine checkups at the dentist are the best way to keep your gums healthy and avoid gum disease. Deep cleaning may also be recommended.

Risk factors for gum disease

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Following our hygienists’ instructions for good oral care will greatly reduce your risk of getting gum disease.

Some conditions are more likely to induce gum disease. The following are risk factors for gum disease:

  • Smoking
  • Older age
  • Hormonal changes
  • A weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Some medications
  • Some viral and fungal infections

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