According to the CDC, half of American adults currently have some degree of gum disease. The beginning stage, known as gingivitis, is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed every time you floss. Gingivitis is completely reversible with in-office treatments and proper home care. However, untreated gingivitis can progress to a more serious stage of gum disease known as periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss, infections, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you have any degree of gum disease, we can help. Gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is sometimes still the best option, Dr. LaVecchia can treat many cases with less invasive techniques first.
One of the hallmarks of periodontal disease is receding gums. As the gums recede, the space between your gums and your teeth grows, creating what is known as a "perio pocket." Deep perio pockets make the tooth surface below the gumline more susceptible to the formation of plaque and tartar, which further irritates the already sensitive gums.
A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, will break this cycle and allow the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth. Deep cleanings are much like standard cleanings, only we'll go below the gumline to remove plaque and damaged gum tissue from exposed areas.
Deep cleanings can seem intimidating, but they're an effective, affordable, and minimally-invasive way to treat mild to moderate gum disease. Even in the case of deep perio pockets, deep cleanings don't have to be uncomfortable. Our team is very gentle and will always let you control the pace of your treatment. We also offer minimal sedation, local anesthesia, and laughing gas to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
Arestin® is an antibiotic powder that is placed inside a perio pocket to clear an infection right at the source. Unlike oral antibiotics that affect the entire body, Arestin allows us to focus our treatment on only the affected areas. Arestin stays in place for up to three weeks while the infection is reduced to a level that can be managed with regular dental cleanings.
Professional treatments for TMJ disorder range from minor in-office procedures to surgery, depending on the cause and the severity of your symptoms. Dr. LaVecchia will perform a thorough examination and help you choose the most conservative plan for your individual needs.