There's been a lot of research done on gum disease in the last 10 years. What we've found is that there's a link, a direct link between gum disease and systemic problems such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and even early premature births. It has to do not so much with the bacteria involved with gum disease but with the inflammation. Inflammation is one of the biggest enemies to our bodies whether it's in our mouths, in our joints, what it really does is your own body is destroying itself. What we do in our practice to treat gum disease, depending on the severity of the gum disease, usually we do what we call the deep cleaning. The deep cleaning involves making you very comfortable and making sure that you're nice and numb so that we can clean where the gum disease is.
Gum disease does not live on your teeth. It lives under your gums. The best way to be able to treat that is to make sure you're comfortable so that we can do a thorough job. Once we do that, you basically could put on what we call periodontal maintenance, which is just a maintenance where we see you more frequently for your followup cleanings. We also talk to you about what you can do at home to prevent the gum disease. In our practice, it's very unique because we do use lasers as well to treat gum disease. The lasers we use, we use them to reduce bacteria. Lasers work really well to sterilize areas that have a lot of bacteria.
With lasers, were able to not just make mechanically clean, but we're able to biologically clean where we can go in there and use the laser energy to kill bacteria and to also stimulate your own body to heal faster. That's what lasers are good for. We pride ourselves in how we treat gum disease because we know that it's not just a matter of having red and swollen gums but it could be a matter of life and death.
If your gums are sore or swollen, contact Alluring Smiles to find out if you could benefit from a gum disease treatment!
Dr. Portocarrero, an alumna of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, and our professional team at Mesa, AZ provide a variety of general dentistry services to help you maintain your beautiful smile at our Mesa, AZ dentist office! We’ll give your mouth a healthy foundation!
We’ll Keep Your Gums Healthy
If we determine that you are suffering from gum disease, Dr. Portocarrero can treat the problem in a number of ways. We will carefully evaluate your particular case and discuss your procedure with you so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria between your gums and tooth roots, which results in inflammation, infection, and other issues.
Depending on your situation, we may be able to remove the infected tissue and neutralize the bad bacteria with our state-of-the-art dental laser. This comfortable treatment works quickly and results in a faster healing time than other methods!
Dr. Portocarrero can also treat your gum disease using special processes called:
- Scaling, which we use to deep clean beneath your gums
- Root planing, which allows us to smooth your tooth roots, discouraging bacteria buildup
Regardless of which treatment option we use, if there is any chance of discomfort, we will numb your mouth with an anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing!
Following your procedure, Alluring Smiles will maintain your healthy gums with regular dental cleanings and exams!
We Always Ensure Your Comfort
To ensure your visit at Alluring Smiles in Mesa, AZ dentist office is as pleasant as possible, we provide several amenities for our patients, including:
- Aromatherapy services
- Massage chairs in every care room
- Refreshing beverages
- Warm blankets
- Soft pillows
- Dental sedation options to relieve dental anxiety
Improve the health of your whole mouth with a gum disease treatment from our trusted Mesa, AZ dentist, Dr. Portocarrero, at Alluring Smiles! Call 480-525-6617 or use our online form to schedule or ask questions.