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Gum Disease Therapy

Restore a Healthy Smile with Periodontal Therapy

Did you know the health of your gums is equally important as that of your teeth? The biggest threat to your gum health is a preventable infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations destroy the supporting structures for your teeth. This can have devastating consequences for your smile. In addition, recent research provides a direct link between your general health and the infection. Anderson Dental can save your smile. We offer the solutions you need to treat gum disease in Anthem.

What is Gum Disease?

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Although you can avoid gum disease with the right oral hygiene habits at home and routine care from your dentist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have it. It is the result of poor brushing and flossing habits that cause tartar to accumulate near the gum line. It harbors bacteria that infects the gingival tissue.

This causes your gums to bleed and become red, tender, and swollen. Over time, your gum tissue will pull away from your teeth causing the formation of pockets. As more bacteria become trapped in the pockets, it destroys the supporting structures for your teeth and your jawbone. This can eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.

The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream from the pressure of chewing. As it circulates throughout your body, it causes your immune system to respond with inflammation, leading to cardiovascular disease. You also have a heightened risk for several other health concerns, like respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.

Treating Gum Disease

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Dr. Lori Anderson has the solutions you need to stop the damages of the infection. After an initial consultation, she creates the customized treatment plan you need that may include one or more therapies.

Scaling and Root Planing

Also known as a deep cleaning, special dental tools are used to remove the tartar accumulations below your gum line and the roots of your teeth are smoothed. This allows your gum tissue to reattach to your teeth to seal out bacteria.

Antibiotic Therapy

Dr. Anderson uses oral DNA testing to determine which strains of bacteria are present to treat the infection using the latest antibiotic delivery systems.

Soft Tissue Laser

As an alternative to traditional scaling and root planing, a highly-concentrated beam of light energy precisely targets diseased tissue to kill 99% of bacteria. It cauterizes while it cuts to prevent bleeding while also encouraging a faster recovery.

Maintenance Cleanings

Dr. Anderson may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to keep the infection at bay. Generally, she advises you to schedule an appointment every 3 to 4 months to protect your gum health. When combined with changes to your home oral hygiene habits, you can prevent the infection from reoccurring.

Save Your Smile Today!

soft tissue laser

If you have gum disease, do not wait until it is too late. Your dentist in Anthem has the solutions you need to treat the infection. Contact Anderson Dental today to schedule your consultation for gum disease therapy.