One in two people suffer from gum disease, so finding convenient treatment is more important than ever. Most general dentists refer patients out for this care. With more than 30 years of experience, and as a Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute, Dr. Richard Weigand is well-qualified to perform effective gum disease treatment at his Spokane, WA practice, without need for referral to a specialist.
More than one way to treat gum infection
Scaling and root planing is a traditional gum disease cure for mild cases of gingivitis. This periodontal treatment is essentially a deep cleaning of tooth roots beneath the gums. Treatment addresses areas that routine at-home and in-office dental care cannot reach, to remove calculus and bacteria. Scaling and root planing rid the mouth of irritations that trigger gum disease.
Laser gum surgery is the preferred treatment for moderate to advanced cases of periodontal disease. Also known as pocket depth reduction, laser gum surgery aims to save a tooth by cleaning the area around it. Laser therapy is typically recommended after other treatments have failed. This method involves gaining access to areas below the gum line, to eliminate harmful bacteria that flourish deep between teeth and gums.
Gingivectomy is the removal of inflamed, overgrown tissue. This oral surgery is an adjunct restorative procedure, sometimes considered a receding gums cure. During the procedure, the doctor removes and reshapes loose, diseased gum tissue. The goal of treatment is to reduce the depths of pockets that exist between the teeth and gums, allowing the mouth to heal. In the past, this was an invasive procedure requiring sutures and an extended healing period. Dr. Weigand performs gingivectomy with laser precision, for reduced discomfort and bleeding, superior infection control, and less downtime.
Benefits of effective gum disease treatment in Spokane, WA
- Quality, comprehensive care
- Minimally invasive treatment, which is more conservative than traditional gum surgery
- Faster healing time
- Bad breath (halitosis) is reduced or eliminated
- Populations of harmful bacteria are controlled
- Reduced risk of tooth and bone loss
- Improved overall health
- A beautiful, healthy smile
In Spokane, WA, you can receive effective periodontal therapy from the general dentist you know and trust. Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule an appointment at Richard D Weigand DDS for the treatment of gum disease.