Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment in Laguna Hills
High-quality, comfortable care using the latest technology
Proper teeth cleaning is the foundation of good oral health and the prevention of gum disease, which is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. With thorough cleanings and patient education, our experienced hygienists and doctors help you take excellent care of your gums and teeth.
Our well-trained, experienced hygienists use advanced lasers and other effective tools to gently remove stains and tartar buildup during teeth cleanings.
The doctors are very skilled at treating gum disease, even severe gum disease (periodontitis), while keeping our patients comfortable.
Thorough, gentle Teeth Cleanings
Our hygienists have been with us for several years and are highly skilled at giving you a comfortable yet thorough cleaning.
Patient education is vital when it comes to helping patients avoid and treat gum disease. Our experienced hygienists will educate you on proper gum care, and they’ll even show you detailed videos on gum disease and oral hygiene.
Ultrasonic scaler for a thorough, comfortable experience
The ultrasonic scaler is used to break down bacterial deposits and plaque and tartar buildups using sound waves with minimal discomfort to the patient. This tool can be used for deep cleanings as well as heavy stains and deposits during regular cleanings. Ultrasonic scalers help create a more comfortable experience for our patients.
High-tech, comfortable Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Conkle and Dr. Garcia are experienced in treating mild, moderate and severe gum disease using the latest technology, including advanced lasers, for a comfortable and minimally invasive experience.
Gum disease patients come to the office every three to four months for a thorough periodontal exam using a periodontal probe. During the exam, the doctor will measure the depths of gum pockets around your teeth in order to assess the health of your gums.
Scaling and root planing
Full-mouth scaling and root planing is a critical step in gum disease treatment. Scaling is the removal of tartar (also known as calculus) from the teeth. Our staff use a high-tech ultrasonic scaler for gently removing major calculus, followed by hand scaling, in order to ensure the complete removal of calculus.
Gentle, precise laser gum treatment
Dr. Conkle and Dr. Garcia use a top-of-the-line laser called the BioLase iLase for treating gum disease. After full-mouth scaling and root planing, the laser is used to disinfect the gum pocket and remove the diseased surface gum tissue. This cleans out the infection and stimulates the reattachment of the gum tissue to the teeth. Lasers allow for a comfortable, minimally invasive treatment with a much shorter healing time as compared to invasive procedures.
Eliminating the bacteria with antibiotic therapy
Following scaling, root planing and laser treatment, ARESTIN® antibiotic therapy is used to further treat gum disease as needed by killing the bacteria that are at the root of the problem. ARESTIN contains microspheres, which are tiny bead-like particles that are invisible to the naked eye, filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride. The antibiotic is released over time to help kill the bacteria and heal your gums more effectively.
How does Gum Disease come about?
Gum disease is largely attributed to poor oral hygiene, which leads to the overgrowth of bacteria in plaque and calculus on the teeth, which in turn infects the gums. Other factors can include smoking, misaligned teeth, hormonal changes, stress, diabetes, poor nutrition, cancer and cancer treatment.
Signs of gum disease include red, swollen or tender gums, gums that bleed while or after you brush your teeth, persistent halitosis (or bad breath), a persistent bad taste in the mouth, teeth moving or becoming loose, receding gums and changes to your bite.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, contact Saddleback Dentistry right away to schedule an exam with the doctor. Early treatment is vital when it comes to preserving your gums and teeth.
Treating Severe Gum Disease
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Conkle are skilled at treating advanced gum disease cases (periodontitis) with thorough, comprehensive treatment. The doctors combine scaling and root planing, laser treatment and antibiotic treatment as needed to aggressively handle the condition. They will meet with patients regularly to examine their gums in order to ensure that the condition is totally cleared up.
To make an appointment, call 949-393-5905 or click here to request an appointment online.