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Periodontal Therapy

Older woman with healthy smilePeriodontal therapy heals gum infections to improve your oral and overall health. Adults over the age of 35 are at a high risk of developing gum disease, and most patients have the condition to some extent well before that. If we identify an infection during your six month checkup and cleaning, we will recommend periodontal therapy to heal it and prevent the negative health effects of gum disease. Sunnyvale, CA patients turn to Dr. Morris Budak and Dr. Michael Piccione for expert periodontal care. If you have swollen, tender, or red gums that bleed whenever you clean them, be sure to contact our office today for a periodontal appointment.

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Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing in Sunnyvale

If you have inflamed periodontal tissue due to gum disease, we can remove the bacteria to help you enjoy a healthy smile once again with scaling and root planing. It is a non-surgical procedure that completely cleanses the gum tissue. It works well for patients with moderate to severe levels of periodontal disease.

We may complete the treatment over the course of a few visits to our office, or however long we determine is necessary to fully heal the infection. Scaling and root planing is often combined with local antibiotic therapy to prevent the bacteria from repopulating between treatments.

Your Sunnyvale dentist performs scaling and root planing as a therapeutic measure for moderate levels of periodontal disease. If you are experiencing bleeding, tender, red gums, or persistent bad breath, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office.

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Soft Tissue Laser

After gum disease takes hold, the diseased periodontal tissue may need to be removed or recontoured to fully heal and help your smile look its best once again. With the soft tissue laser, we are able to blast through diseased tissue in the mouth without the need for scalpels or sutures. We prefer the SOL Laser for its efficiency and predictable results. What’s even better, the soft tissue laser promotes faster healing by sanitizing as it works.

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Antibiotic Therapy

The bacteria that causes gum disease repopulates quickly and it may be difficult to fully heal the gums with individual scaling and root planing appointments. To help fight the infection between your deep cleaning treatments, we may choose to apply a local antibiotic directly to the infection during the scaling and root planing procedure. Here, the Arestin antibiotic kills the “bad” bacteria that causes gum disease without damaging the helpful bacteria that naturally exists in the mouth.