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Treating Gum Disease for a Healthy Smile

Last updated 6 years ago

Treating gum disease isn’t something you should put off. Gum disease (periodontal disease) is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Even so, many people are tempted to ignore their dental professional’s advice to treat the disease in its early stages. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the worse gum disease can get and the greater the chance that you’ll need painful and expensive oral surgery or even risk losing teeth. A tooth lost to gum disease is a tooth lost forever. It is also important to remember that infection of the gums don’t go away on their own.  At City Dental, Dr. Katherine Galina offers comprehensive treatment for gum disease.

At the root of the gum disease is infection caused by bacteria, and like many infection, gum disease can be treated with antibiotic. Unlike antibiotics that are swallowed, Dr. Galina is using special antibiotic formula that is placed by Dr. Galina directly into infected area- or pockets- in the patient’s gums in the conjunction with the scaling and root planning. This antibiotic is called Arestin and it comes in the form of powder. It contains 100,000 tiny microspheres, invisible to the eye. These microspheres contain the antibiotic drug minocycline, which is release over time into the infected pocket. This means Arestin keeps fighting disease-causing bacteria after patients leave City Dental.

Gum disease creates pockets between the teeth and gums. Gum disease can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen or tender. As a result, the infected gum starts to separate from the tooth. The gap between the gum and the tooth is known as a pocket that can become deeper over time and this may raise your risk of permanent damage.

Dr. Galina is recommending Arestin treatment as an adjunct to scaling and root planning procedures for reduction of pocket depth in patients with adult periodontitis. Arestin may be used as part of periodontal maintenance program, which includes good oral hygiene and cleaning.

Dr. Galina evaluated patients for years and her observation showed that cleaning in the combination with Arestin is up to 3 times more effective than without.

Scaling and root planning can remove much of the plaque below patient’s gumline, where bacteria produce the toxins that irritate patient’s gums and cause infections. However, cleaning alone is often not enough. This is where Dr. Galina steps in with adding Arestin which helps kill the bacteria that SRP can’t reach. This antibiotic treatment significantly reduces the depth of the pockets, compared with cleaning alone.

Here at City Dental Dr. Galina is always recommending following up with your dentist and your dental hygienist by keeping your scheduled appointment. Start and maintain a good oral care routine and assure the longevity of your teeth!

 

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