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Gum Disease Treatment – Portales, NM

Treating Bleeding or Swollen Gums

Approximately 75% of the population struggles with periodontal disease or gum disease. If you have been previously diagnosed with this disease, or suspect that you may have it, we are excited to provide you with the latest in laser periodontal therapy.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that occurs when proper oral hygiene is not followed and maintained, and yes, even sometimes when it is. If your gums bleed during regular brushing and flossing, we’re sorry to tell you, you have gingivitis which is the early stage of gum disease. Luckily, we can help thanks to gum disease treatment in Portales, NM.

Why Choose Peter L. Thompson, DDS for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • State-of-the-Art Laser Therapy
  • Fully Personalized Antibiotic Treatments
  • Dentist and Team That Care About Comfort

What Is Gum Disease?

When plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth along the gum line and is allowed to harden into tartar, the gums become irritated to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede. Eventually, gum recession forms deep pockets between the gums and the teeth, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

The bacteria associated with gum disease then have a direct pathway through the gums and into your bloodstream, to flow directly to your main lifeline – your heart. Gum disease left untreated can lead to tooth and bone loss, as well as other systemic health complications like heart attack, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Closeup of patient receiving periodontal therapy

LANAP®, Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is the most technologically advanced and effective treatment for periodontal gum disease available. This procedure uses a special laser to remove diseased or infected pocket tissue from underlying, healthy connective tissue.

Because the laser is so accurate, and only cuts out diseased sections of gum tissue, the healthy connective tissue is spared and able to heal and regenerate. Using a laser is also much less invasive than traditional gum disease treatments and gum surgeries, and therefore much less painful with little to no recovery time.

Antibiotic Therapy

Hand holding antibiotic therapy pills

Periodontal treatment doesn’t end after the first cleaning. Even once you leave our dental office, you can continue fighting the infection with the help of prescribed antibiotics. Sometimes antibiotics are topically applied to the gums while others are in the form of a pill. No matter which kind you receive, the goal will be the same: to kill the bacteria still in your mouth so that your gums have a chance to heal and so that the roots holding your teeth in place remain intact.