Advanced Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Beacon Dental has a specialist on staff (periodontist) that performs surgical and non-surgical treatment for gum disease (periodontal disease). According to the ADA (American Dental Association), approximately 75% of the adults in the United States are affected by some form of gum disease, including gingivitis. Gum Disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss. It can go unnoticed and worsen for many years. Only the dentist or the hygienists can diagnosis the disease in the early stages. Early treatment and long term care can help prevent tooth loss.

Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria that gets under the gum tissue and begins to destroy the gums and bone.  The bad breath from gum disease also will affect you socially, something most people don’t realize themselves.  In the later stages, teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease also may be connected to damage elsewhere in the body. Recent studies link oral infections with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature, low-weight births.

At Beacon Dental, PC, we treat gum disease with early diagnosis, home care instructions, scaling and root planning. The antibiotic, Arestin, is a locally administered powder that your hygienist places directly into the infected area or pockets in your gum.  It is part of a combined treatment with scaling and root planing as well as perio maintenance. The results of this treatment, after many years of care and follow-ups, have proven to be effective.