Drs. Shanahan and Tuinstra have years of experience dealing with periodontal disease at all stages. The earlier the intervention is, the better the overall prognosis. We can prevent gum disease from spreading, clear up infections that are already there, and repair damage caused by gum disease. Treatments include:
- Scaling and root planing (which is also known as deep cleaning) excavates plaque and tartar found below the gumline, removes it, and smooths out the roots of your teeth in order to prevent future buildup.
- Periodontal trays contain anti-inflammatory medication that reduces pain and swelling in the gums. This can complement other procedures.
- Periodontal surgery is necessary for those patients for whom scaling and root planing doesn’t do the job. In cases where gum disease has advanced into the jawbone, surgery may be required.
- Laser dental surgery is a less-invasive option for some patients. Peak Family Dental Care uses Solea® dental laser to kill the infection and remove plaque below the gumline.
For those who feel anxiety during dental procedures, Peak Family Dental Care offers sedation for your comfort. These include nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, or anesthesia administered intravenously.