Gum Disease Treatment – New Bedford, MA

Protecting More Than Just Your Teeth

Woman with red inflamed soft tissue

Many people don’t think about this, but your gums are just as important as your teeth when it comes to your oral health. Without consistent brushing and flossing, the gums can actually develop an infection called periodontal (gum) disease, which can cause soft tissue redness, swelling, bleeding, and eventually…tooth loss! At Clear Coast Dental, gum health is a big priority, so if you ever show any signs of an infection, we have treatments ready to go that can remove harmful bacteria right away.

Why Choose Clear Coast Dental for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Expert hygiene team
  • Thorough gum screenings performed at every checkup
  • Enjoy fast & painless gum treatment with our soft tissue laser

Scaling & Root Planing

Patient receiving dental exam

Periodontal disease is the result of plaque and bacteria building up around the gum line and causing inflammation. So, the first step in eliminating it is to actually remove all of that harmful buildup, which we can do with a treatment called scaling and root planing.

For the scaling portion, we’ll use a small ultrasonic cleaner to break up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) deposits located near the gum line, and then we’ll thoroughly rinse out the patient’s mouth. This is followed by root planing, in which we gently reshape and smooth out the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots.

Why do this? This makes it much harder for plaque and bacteria to accumulate around the gums, so in the future, a patient will have a much lower risk of developing periodontal disease again. Depending on the extent of a patient’s infection, a complete SRP treatment can take anywhere from 1-4 appointments.

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