Gum disease, technically referred to as “periodontal disease,” is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis, a serious threat to your oral health that can result in teeth and bone loss. But it affects more than your mouth; it can be dangerous to your overall health. Recent studies have linked advanced gum disease to heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications. Dr. Nicholas Shubin and his experienced team can affectively treat gum disease, using the latest technologies and proven techniques to gently remove infected gum tissue and the bacteria causing the infection, returning your mouth to its healthy, normal state.
Plaque, when kept under control with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, is relatively harmless. But when this soft, sticky layer of bacteria builds up, it can have serious consequences for your teeth. The first stage, called “gingivitis,” is characterized by gum tissue that is red, puffy, and bleeds easily during brushing and flossing. As gum disease progresses, the infection can destroy the bone supporting the teeth, eventually causing tooth loss. Our goal is to help you enjoy the best oral health possible through comprehensive and targeted gum disease treatment. Dr. Shubin provides the following treatments:
The first line of defense against gum disease, scaling removes plaque and tartar buildup from above and below the gum line. Root planing smooths the tooth surface to encourage healthy reattachment of the gum tissue to reduce pocket depth around the tooth roots.
Surgical removal of diseased gum tissue, bacteria, and plaque and tartar buildup on and around the teeth. Osseous surgery requires incisions in the gum tissue to reach areas of the teeth in need of deep cleaning and bacteria elimination.
Targeted treatment of diseased tissue, bacteria, and buildup on teeth with minimally-invasive dental laser technology. Dental lasers help to seal and cauterize the treatment site to help keep bacteria from return in the future.
Routine deep cleanings of the teeth above and below the gum line that occur every 3-4 months after comprehensive gum disease treatment is complete. Periodontal maintenance monitors the health of the gums, bone, and teeth to make sure plaque does not buildup and risk disease returning.
Laser perio therapy is an alternative to conventional osseous surgery that eliminates the need for scalpels, incisions, and sutures. Harmless to healthy hard and soft tissue, dental lasers eradicate bacteria and diseased gums safely and quickly. We offer laser perio therapy to provide more comfortable gum disease treatment, accelerate the healing rate and regeneration of new tissue growth, and minimize bleeding, swelling, and pain after the procedures. Most patients who elect to undergo laser perio therapy return to normal activities on or the day after their surgery! Have you noticed you have swollen gums? Do your gums bleed when you brush and/or floss? Dr. Shubin is experienced in both conventional and laser perio therapy and can restore health to your teeth and gums to promote long-term oral health!