JOE FALLIN DDS Family Dental Center
4301 NW 63rd St., Suite 303
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

7405 NW 23rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73008
(405)848-2886 (405)787-5266
Oklahoma City dentist Ortho Invisible Braces Implants Dr. Joe Price Fallin
Gum Treatment

Gum treatment is the treatment of active gum and jaw bone disease. Gum disease treatment can slow or stop the progression of gum disease. Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. In some cases, the patient may be referred to a specialist.

Gum treatment consists of one or more of the following procedures, depending on the individual case:


Scaling and Root Planing

Tooth before scaling and root planingScaling and Root Planing is a common non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. By using special instruments, Dr. Fallin removes bacteria and infection from the unhealthy deep pockets around the teeth below the gum line. This is often referred to as a "deep cleaning."

Scaling

 

First the tooth is scaled to remove the plaque and tarter that has accumulated on the tooth.

Root Planing

 

Then the root is planed or smoothed. This eliminates any rough areas on the root that can easily trap plaque and bacteria.

 


Tooth after scaling and root planingA smooth clean root provides a healthy environment to allow the gums to heal naturally and reattach to the tooth. This will create a reduced pocket, therefore eliminating areas for bacteria to hide and cause further disease.

Scaling and Root Planing combined with a strict home care routine and more frequent periodontal cleanings and exams will increase your chances of keeping your natural smile.

Irrigation

Irrigation is usually performed after scaling and root planing. Irrigation is the placement of antibiotics below the gum line.

Strict Home Care Regimen

A home care routine specific to the patient's individual needs may be prepared to prevent the patient from relapsing.

Antibiotic Rinse or Oral Antibiotic Medication

An antibiotic will sometimes be prescribed for home use during treatment.

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