periodontal therapy

Gum Disease Treatment

periodontal therapyScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, has a potential impact that goes far beyond bleeding gums. If left unchecked, gum disease can cause tooth loss and negatively affect your overall health by increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Research, completed by the American Academy of Periodontology, shows periodontal infections are linked to serious diseases that affect the body, such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, pre-term birth, and many others.

While daily brushing and flossing and regular cleanings can help prevent gum disease from occurring, if left untreated, periodontal disease can require scaling, root planing, or even surgery to rid the mouth of the bacteria.

At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we believe that overall health starts in the mouth and have incorporated the latest technology, like bacterial DNA testing, to help eliminate inflammation and infection with Modular Periodontal Therapy.

What is Modular Periodontal Therapy?

Modular Periodontal Therapy is a comprehensive, more minimally invasive alternative to other periodontal treatments such as traditional gum surgery to treat gum disease.  Using a scientifically validated combination of bacterial testing, medications, and home care, we help restore oral health while mitigating risk to your overall health.

What is the procedure like?

We make sure that you remain comfortable throughout your procedure, which means making your mouth numb. Although your gums may be swollen or sore for about a week following a laser procedure, you can immediately return to your normal activities—although we recommend sticking to a soft diet at first and using an oral hygiene rinse. Any post-procedure pain usually can be managed by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen.

What are the benefits to Modular Periodontal Therapy?

Modular Periodontal Therapy is very beneficial in seen and unseen ways! This non-invasive treatment requires no injections or cutting of the gums. It also has a shorter recovery time. It is safe for patients with certain pre-existing conditions (diabetes, hemophilia, HIV, those who take blood thinners). Modular Periodontal Therapy preserves a greater quantity of the gum tissue while also minimizing exposure and damage to the roots of teeth.

Modular Periodontal Therapy has lasting benefits, such as:

  • A beautiful smile – It’s not just your teeth that make your smile great; your gums play an important part too. Periodontal therapy can ensure you have clean, healthy-looking gums that give you the confidence to smile wide!
  • Fresh breath – Persistent bad breath (known as halitosis) is a key indicator of gum disease and is caused by the build-up of rotting food particles below the gum line, bacteria, and plaque. Periodontal therapy can alleviate these problems and leave you with naturally fresh breath.
  • Identification of other health problems – The oral cavity can actually tell your dentist a lot about your overall health and regular periodontal appointments will allow your dentist to do thorough examinations of your mouth, meaning that any potential problems can be picked up on really quickly.
  • Tartar removal – Tartar and plaque can build up both above and below the gum line and left untreated, can cause serious dental problems. Tartar and plaque can’t always be identified and dealt with independently, and as such, regular professional checks are important to your long term oral health.

Gum Disease Treatment in Scotts Valley

Do you have gum disease and want to know more about Modular Periodontal Therapy? Call Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry at (831) 824-5111 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.