Periodontics in Wexford, PA

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in your gums. In the same way that harmful oral bacteria can cause cavities in your teeth, they can also cause damage to your gums.

You may have heard of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease. In this initial stage, you may be able to reverse the damage through increased oral hygiene practices. But once the disease progresses, professional help is often required to recover your smile.

Learn how Dr. Gabriel and our team can help you with virtually painless treatments.

Are You At Risk for Gum Disease?

While everyone can develop gum disease, there are people who are more at risk than others. You may need to be on the lookout for periodontal issues if you:

  • Have poor oral health habits
  • Smoke or chew tobacco
  • Are going through hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have diabetes
  • Have misaligned teeth

If you’re at a higher risk for periodontal issues, Dr. Gabriel will make sure you get the care you need. He can help you create an at-home and in-office plan to keep your mouth free of gum disease.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments

Deep Cleanings

A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a non-invasive treatment that can clear periodontal infections away. The procedure consists of two parts. During scaling, we’ll clean your teeth of any plaque and bacteria that have accumulated.

Then, we’ll plane the roots of your teeth. Planing simply involves smoothing out the surface of the roots, making bacteria less likely to attack them. This two-step plan of attack can usually reverse gum disease and get you on the road to recover your smile.

Arestin

Arestin is often used in tandem with a scaling and root planing treatment. It’s an incredible antibiotic that can help keep bacteria away after your procedure. Dr. Gabriel places the Arestin treatment into your periodontal pockets to protect them from reinfection and give you a chance to improve your oral health.

Laser Therapy

Laser treatment is incredible for gum disease procedures because it’s much less painful, with less need for anesthesia during treatments. Scaling and root planing is better with laser tools due to their accuracy and ability to promote healing. You’ll recover from your periodontal treatment quicker and you’re less likely to encounter complications.

We Can Help Recover Your Smile

Periodontal disease can take a toll on your gums and affect the appearance of your smile. Once your infection has been cleared out, we can get to work improving your aesthetics. Gums that have receded don’t come back without professional help. Dr. Gabriel can perform a soft tissue graft to give you a healthy gumline again — not only does this treatment protect your teeth, but it also gives you a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

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