Periodontal Disease Treatment – Dedham, MA

Treating Bleeding, Swollen Gums

Man with healthy smile

Gum disease is an extremely common oral health issue that causes the gums to become red and irritated. Early on, it may appear to be only a mild problem, but the most severe form of the condition puts your teeth at risk and can cause harmful bacteria to spread throughout your body. Treating gum disease quickly is the best choice for your smile and your overall health. Call Dr. Patil right away for periodontal disease treatment if you have doubts about your periodontal health.


Why Choose Dr. Gauri Patil Family Dentistry for Periodontal Disease Treatment?

  • Experienced, Familiar Team Members
  • Welcoming Dental Office with Boutique Feel
  • ARESTIN® Antibiotic Therapy Available


Scaling & Root Planing

Animated smile during scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are part of the deep cleaning procedure that’s needed to get rid of the harmful plaque and bacteria buildup that’s causing gum disease. It focuses on the small spaces between the teeth and gums. Scaling is used to remove harmful substances, and root planing is performed to smooth out the roots of the teeth. Smooth tooth roots make it easier for the gums to heal and are more difficult for bacteria to reattach themselves to.


Antibiotic Therapy

Animated smile during topical antibiotic therapy treatment

After scaling and root planing is complete, the next step is to prescribe antibiotic therapy to fight any bacteria still in the mouth and encourage healing of the gums. We commonly prescribe ARESTIN®, which is applied directly to the pockets that form between the teeth and gums as gum disease progresses. The medication is slowly released over the course of a couple of weeks and continues to reduce harmful oral bacteria levels while you’re at home.