Dr. Lebedoff

5314 S. Yale Ave. Suite 1100
Tulsa, OK 74135

Periodontal Therapy

Our Tulsa dental practice is always seeking out ways to prevent periodontal disease, but many of our patients come in and already have gingivitis or other signs of periodontal disease.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Three out of four adults are affected by periodontal disease at some point in their lives. Periodontal disease is caused by bacterial plaque — a colorless film that coats your teeth and extends down below the gum-line. Left unimpeded, plaque hardens into tartar (also known as calculus).

The bacteria trapped below the gum-line can lead to irritation. If the irritation is prolonged, the gums start to draw back and separate from the teeth, causing hollow pockets to form. As periodontal disease progresses, supporting gum tissue as well as the bone that holds your teeth in place starts to deteriorate.

If left untreated, gum disease leads to tooth loss. In fact, for Americans over the age of 35, gum disease causes the loss of more teeth than cavities do.

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

There are common medical conditions that may increase your chances of periodontal disease. These include:

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To prevent gum disease from ruining your dental health, come to us as soon as you notice the signs.

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Signs of gum disease include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office at (918) 492-3003 for an appointment to treat the disease as soon as possible.

Periodontal Treatment

Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent periodontal disease. However, once present, periodontal disease cannot be eradicated. Periodontal therapy can slow or even arrest the progression of the disease. Treatments include scaling, root planing, and antibiotic therapies.

Periodontal maintenance is performed in our office. Plaque is carefully removed from below the gum-line, and the gums are stimulated to encourage health and vitality. This scaling and root planing procedure is designed to over the course of several visits. Following this initial series of visits, patients visit our office (or the periodontist) every 3-4 months for periodontal therapy.

ARESTIN®

ARESTIN® (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic which kills the bacteria that causes infections in the gums. Unlike most antibiotic treatments, which are oral or topical and only last a short time, ARESTIN® is placed directly in the gum pockets around the teeth below the gum-line.

This application is done directly after the scaling and root planing of a periodontal appointment, and the medication will keep working for up to 30 days, fighting bacteria for weeks after you leave our office. The effects of this treatment can last up to 90 days — until your next scheduled treatment, if you make an appointment every 3 months — and can keep periodontal disease from progressing.

Have questions about periodontal therapies? Please call the office at (918) 492-3003, and a team member will be happy to answer you!

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