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If too much plaque and bacteria is allowed to build up on them, they can develop an infection called gum disease, which can lead to a host of both dental and overall health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Gerald Torgeson and our team can treat this condition using something called periodontal therapy, which is specifically aimed at making sure your gums stay healthy and disease free.

Scaling and Root Planing 

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For mild to moderate gum disease, we can usually treat it using a dental cleaning. However, for a more advanced infection, we may choose to perform a pair of procedures called scaling and root planing. This is basically a deep cleaning just for your gums.

For scaling, we’ll use special tools to clear away plaque and bacteria from both above and below your gum line. Then, we’ll gently smooth out the roots of your teeth using root planing. This will make it much harder for plaque to gather around your gums in the future.

Antibiotic Therapy

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This is another measure we can take to help fight your gum disease. After performing scaling and root planing, we’ll directly apply a substance called chlorhexidine to your gum line using a small syringe (it won’t be tipped by a needle, but rather one that will help us gently spray the medicine). This will kill more bacteria and help protect your gums after you have left our office.

Call Us Today for Your Next Consultation!

Are your gums red, puffy, tender, or do they bleed whenever you clean your teeth? These are classic signs of gum disease, and you should seek out treatment before it gets worse. The quicker we catch it, the easier it will be to treat, so be sure to make an appointment with us today.