Gum disease that is still in the early gingivitis stage (during which you might notice some swelling and bleeding) can often be improved with a routine dental cleaning as well as better oral hygiene habits. But if the infection has developed into full-blown periodontitis, you’ll want to seek more advanced treatments right away; otherwise, you could end up losing multiple teeth. If you have concerns about your gum health, get in touch with Dr. Albrecht to schedule a consultation and discuss possible treatment options.

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Scaling and root planing are the two steps of what is often referred to as a deep cleaning. This procedure is used to treat advanced cases of gum disease and may need to be done over multiple appointments depending on your needs. During scaling, plaque and tartar are removed from the pockets that have formed between your teeth and gums. Then, during root planing, the surfaces of the roots are smoothed, allowing the nearby gum tissue to reattach itself.


As periodontal treatment continues, it’s crucial to prevent oral bacteria from accumulating in the areas that have already been cleaned. Antibiotic therapy gives us a way to help you actively fight the infection over an extended period of time. We simply apply the medication to the periodontal pockets, giving it a chance to kill any bacteria that might still be in your mouth. Using antibiotic therapy is shown to dramatically decrease the risk of a new infection forming.