While gum disease may seem relatively harmless in its early stages, untreated cases can quickly grow out of control and cause serious consequences for your oral health. For instance, this infection is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States, and it can also create health difficulties for both patients with diabetes and pregnant women. Detecting gum disease early on with the help of Dr. Carroll and Dr. Shoemaker can save you from these dangers and keep your smile safe. Here in Shepherdsville, we offer multiple therapy options that are designed to get rid of harmful bacteria in a very effective fashion.
Traditionally, once a patient’s case of gum disease had progressed, eliminating the infected tissue was the only option for recovery. Thankfully, we can now offer a much more non-invasive approach in the form of PerioProtect! All you’ll need to do is wear the comfortable trays we provide, which deliver medication directly to the gum tissue while also preventing your saliva from washing it off.
Scaling and root planing is a very common form of gum disease treatment, and it can be thought of as an in-depth cleaning with two distinct components to it. First, one of our dentists will use special tools to eliminate harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria from beneath your gum line and above it – this is known as scaling. Then, we’ll target the rough surfaces along your tooth roots during the root planing portion, which are known spots for dangerous plaque accumulation. By smoothing them down, we can help your gum tissue attach to the tooth roots much more effectively.
Our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser makes it easier than ever to eliminate plaque and diseased gum tissue from a patient’s smile. The precise and powerful beam of light is able to target infection at a highly precise level, and it even encourages the growth of new, healthy tissue. Better yet, the process is so comfortable that many people don’t even require local anesthetic.
No matter how minor your symptoms are, it’s crucial to raise the alarm whenever you start to suspect that you may have gum disease. If you’re experiencing oral bleeding or overly swollen gum tissue, contact Exceptional Dentistry right away. The sooner we start treating your smile, the better the results will be!