Restore the health of your gums with personalized periodontal care in Chandler, AZ

That pink tissue around your teeth serves many vital functions; the gums help to hold your teeth in place (and in proper alignment), and they protect the deeper tissues from injury. So, they play an active role in your oral health. We will keep your gums healthy with consistent, routine periodontal care at home and our office: Aquila Dental in Chandler, AZ.

Clues to gum health 

We can learn a lot about the state of our gums just by looking in the mirror! “Normal” gums are typically more pink than red, though everybody’s “baseline” is different. If you think that your gums look redder than usual, that could be a sign of inflammation. Likewise, gums that appear paler than normal can be indicative of anemia. How do your gums feel? You don’t think about gums in good shape because they don’t produce pain or other alarming symptoms. If your gums are tender when you touch them or find blood on your toothbrush or floss, do not delay in reaching out to us to schedule an appointment. These are also telltale signs of gum disease that may require prompt treatment at our office. 

Treatment options

Like tooth decay, gum disease is a progressive condition. In its early stage, gingivitis, oral hygiene modifications may be all it takes to restore gum health. The effects of early gum disease can also be reversed. Advanced gum disease or periodontitis may be resolved with therapies beyond the “standard” six-month professional cleaning or the introduction of new oral care products and hygiene techniques. These therapies include: 

  • Nonsurgical “deep clean” with scaling and root planing – This process removes plaque-build up with a specialized dental instrument (or scaler) from within the pockets that form between the teeth and gums. The “planing” part of the process involves smoothing rough root surfaces, which attract bacteria. 
  • Laser periodontal therapy: Dr. Richard Higgs has invested in all sorts of technologies designed to support precision treatment and the most comfortable experience possible. By using laser devices to target diseased tissues, we minimize side effects such as discomfort and bleeding. Fast healing is also supported. 
  • Tissue graft: As gum disease progresses, you may notice that your teeth look taller or more extended. Of course, your teeth are not growing; your gums are retreating, which makes your teeth look bigger! We can build up tissue in a recessed area. So, your teeth and oral tissues have adequate protection. You can also be proud of the appearance of your smile again.

Once the active gum disease is resolved, we can get you on a periodontal maintenance program to ensure that your gums stay healthy. Generally, patients at risk of gum disease or who have active gum disease will need to visit us more frequently than the six-month standard for check-ups and cleanings. You and your needs are unique. Contact us today at (480) 812-2800 to schedule your consultation.