Gum disease is a big cause of dental damage, including the loss of teeth. If you want to keep your smile for a lifetime, you need healthy gums. Periodontics is the field of dentistry concerned with gum health, and we offer periodontal care at our Omaha dental office because we understand just how vital healthy gums are. While other offices might refer you to specialists for periodontal treatment, we perform periodontal therapy in house, allowing you to experience uninterrupted care from the dentists you’ve come to trust.
Gum disease leads to bad breath, unsightly gums, gum loss, bone loss, and tooth loss. Gum disease is tricky, showing no symptoms in the beginning, but as this problem steadily progresses, symptoms include:
- Redness or swelling of the gums
- Bleeding when you brush
- Bad taste in the mouth or bad breath
- Loosening of teeth
- Change in your bite or the way dentures fit
The symptom that most people notice is the bleeding, and many choose to ignore this problem, thinking it’s normal. However, it isn’t normal, and if you’ve noticed bleeding when you brush or floss, you should visit our Omaha dental office for periodontal care.
Periodontal therapy involves deep cleaning the infected gum tissue and smoothing the tooth root for easier cleaning in the future. With periodontal therapy, we can combat your gum disease, protecting your mouth from even bigger problems in the future.
We can use soft tissue lasers to perform periodontal therapy for treating your gum disease. Laser periodontal therapy offers the advantages of being more precise and less invasive, affecting only the infected area because we have such control over the laser. Soft tissue lasers also cut down on bleeding during periodontal care, and they speed healing.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs of gum disease, please contact us for an appointment. Our Omaha dental office provides periodontal care for Council Bluffs, Papillion-La Vista, and Bellevue as well. We look forward to improving the life of your smile!
Scaling and Root Planing
Moderate levels of gum disease are often treated with scaling and root planing, a procedure in which we gently remove plaque and bacteria buildup from above and below the gum line, then smooth (or plane) the root to prevent reinfection. Scaling and root planing may be completed over the span of two to four visits to Greder Dental. Local anesthesia is available for your complete comfort during each stage of gum disease treatment.
Soft Tissue Laser
For more advanced treatment of gum disease, the Greder Dental team will use our soft tissue laser to make you more comfortable and speed and promote healing. Dr. Mack Greder or Dr. Jennifer Greder can remove diseased gum tissue without the need for a scalpel or sutures, thanks to the ultra-precise soft tissue laser. Recovery from soft tissue laser therapy is far more comfortable, and it is reduced by several weeks compared to surgical treatment.
For acute cases of gum disease -- those that are both sudden and short term -- antibiotic therapy may be the best form of treatment. Antibiotics are either placed directly on the infection beneath the gum line, or prescribed in oral pill form. The antibiotic approach kills the specific bacteria that causes gum disease and may be combined with scaling and root planing for complete healing in acute and long-term or chronic treatment plans.