Your gums are the unsung hero of your smile. They protect the sensitive roots of the teeth, provide much needed support, and supply the teeth with blood and nutrients. Without proper oral hygiene, they can develop an infection called gum disease, which can cause redness, swelling, bleeding, and chronic bad breath. Fortunately at Carefree Dentistry, we’re ready to take care of your entire smile. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, contact us today for an appointment, and we’ll make sure your gums are healthy and happy before you know it thanks to focused gum disease treatment in Phoenix, AZ.
If we notice that you’re showing signs of gum disease, we’ll likely recommend scaling and root planing, or a “deep cleaning.” This involves removing all plaque and tartar buildup from the roots of your teeth below the gum line, and then the roots are slightly reshaped and smoothed. Together, this takes care of the source of the infection while also dramatically lowering the risk of future problems.
Small, bacteria-filled pockets often form between the teeth and gums as the result of gum disease, and these can be virtually impossible to clean with scaling and root planing alone. So, we can apply a topical antibiotic to the gums that quickly dries and then slowly dissolves over the next few days. This continually bathes the gums with medicine so that it can reach the bottom of these pockets and quickly eliminate any leftover bacteria.