Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment in Palm Desert
We Help You Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Gum disease has also been linked to many serious health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, high blood pressure and strokes.
Keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy is vital to preserving your oral health as well as the health of your entire body. Additionally, cosmetic procedures work best when your oral health is treated with the same importance as the aesthetics of your smile.
Experienced, effective treatment
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu will meticulously plan out your dental hygiene program and any gum disease treatment needed. Our hygienists are very experienced in caring for patients with gum problems and provide gentle cleanings, thorough patient education and effective treatment for gum disease using advanced technology and minimally invasive techniques.
Thorough, Gentle Teeth Cleanings
Our hygienists are very friendly and will make you feel at ease while you are under their care. They provide very thorough cleanings using high-tech ultrasonic scalers which make your cleanings gentle and comfortable.
Our ultrasonic scalers use high-frequency vibrations to break up (scale) and flush away deposits of hardened plaque your teeth. They clean faster than traditional scaling instruments and are gentler on your teeth. The vibration frequency of the scaler can be adjusted for your comfort.
Proper at-home oral care is a vital component of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free of gum disease. Your hygienist will provide thorough home oral care education during your cleaning appointments.
Using charts and models, she will educate you on gum disease and how to properly take care of your teeth between visits.
She will demonstrate the techniques in your mouth and have you practice them yourself until you can use them easily. You will receive specific instructions on how to brush your teeth and floss effectively. Your hygienist will also recommend oral care products that will best help meet your needs.
High-Tech and Comfortable Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease always starts with an accumulation of bacterial plaque that causes inflammation of your gums. This is known as gingivitis. If left untreated the disease progresses into periodontitis, which is a progressively worsening infection of the gums and bone surrounding your teeth.
With periodontitis, the gums progressively pull away from your teeth, forming pockets allowing additional bacteria to accumulate. The infection eventually causes the supporting bone around your teeth to dissolve and can then lead to tooth loss.
Our doctors and hygienists are able to effectively treat even severe stages of gum disease. They follow a series of high-tech procedures to reverse the infection and restore your teeth and gums to health.
Full examination to determine the level of gum disease
During your new patient exam, the doctor determines the depth of your gum pockets using a small probe. Any bone loss you may have will show in the digital X-rays that are part of your exam procedure. As bone loss causes teeth to lose their stability, the doctor will also check for teeth that have shifted position or have become loose.
The doctor will go over the inspection results with you and answer any questions you may have so you know what to expect.
Scaling and root planing
The first line of attack in treating gum disease is removal of the bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) that has accumulated above and below your gumline. This removal of bacterial deposits is known as “scaling.” Our hygienists use ultrasonic scalers to gently and comfortably break up and clean away these deposits.
After your hygienist removes the plaque and calculus, she will “plane” (smooth) the surfaces of your tooth roots, removing any residual bacteria and creating a smooth surface that makes it difficult for further bacteria to accumulate.
Continued monitoring and maintenance cleanings
About six weeks after your scaling and root planing, we will recheck the depths of your gum pockets. If your gums have healed and reattached adequately around your teeth, we will schedule you for a program of regular maintenance cleanings and continued home oral care. These are both vital to maintaining your oral health and preventing further infection from occurring.
Antibiotic therapy to further eliminate the bacteria
It can happen that certain areas of the mouth will not respond fully to scaling and root planing and will need extra help to eliminate a bacterial infection. This is often the case where the level of gum disease has been severe. The doctor will then use antibiotic agents to kill off any remaining bacteria.
If your gum infection is found to be particularly severe, an oral antibiotic is used to eliminate the infection from within your bloodstream. The doctor may also apply topical Arestin® antibiotic-filled microspheres directly into your gum pockets. The microspheres time-release a powerful antibiotic over a ten-day period, taking care of any new bacteria that may try to take hold.
Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is mainly caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque and calculus on your teeth and below your gumline. These start an infection which progressively worsens.
Poor oral hygiene is a major contributing factor, but certain adverse health situations such as poor nutrition, smoking, diabetes, stress and hormonal changes can make you less resistant to bacteria and thus more prone to an infection taking hold and worsening.
Gum disease symptoms
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- tender or bleeding gums
- red or swollen gums
- receding gums or teeth that appear longer than normal
- teeth that are loose or have shifted position
- sensitive teeth or painful chewing
- an abscess coming from below your gumline
- chronic bad breath that will not go away
If you notice that you have any of the above symptoms, please call our office and make an appointment for a comprehensive examination. Dr. Bergmann or Dr. Izu will thoroughly assess the state of your teeth and gums. They will let you know their findings in detail, discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.
To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.