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Reverse Years of Neglect with Gum Disease Treatment in Newton, MA

Gum disease affects more than 50% of US adults, and is the leading cause of tooth loss among that demographic. If you’re experiencing periodontal (gum) disease, let the Newton Smile Centre team help. We offer a variety of periodontal therapies to renew oral health. Whether you have a mild case of gum disease, gingivitis, or the more advanced form, periodontitis, we can help you restore your smile health. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment.

Scaling & Root Planing

In the earliest stages of gingivitis, we may be able to restore oral health with more frequent professional teeth cleanings. However, if the disease reaches the more severe periodontitis stage, we may recommend more advanced scaling and root planing. These two complimentary procedures are used to remove plaque, tartar, and infected tissue, and prevent future buildup. During scaling, we systematically remove all the buildup of plaque and tartar around the gums. We may also need to remove infected tissue. Then, we perform root planing to smooth the surfaces of the tooth roots. This makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate by removing the pits and crevices where buildup occurs. Following scaling and root planing, patients may also need to attend more frequent professional cleanings to maintain their renewed oral health. Oral or topical antibiotics may also be necessary to help the patient maintain their renewed oral health. We will also walk patients through the best ways to keep their smiles healthy with at-home care.

Antibiotic Therapy

Following scaling and root planing, we may offer topical antibiotic therapy to prevent reinfection. Bacteria in the mouth digest nutrients from the foods and drinks we consume, and they excrete plaque which may irritate soft tissue leading to gum disease. Topical antibiotic treatments reduce the amount of bacteria present in the mouth, and prevent future pain or damage caused by gum disease. We can apply topical antibiotics directly following your deep cleaning procedure.