Sore, tender gums.
These are all signs of periodontal disease, and that makes them particular points of interest for our staff at Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona.
We want to do everything that we can to help you alleviate the symptoms of gum disease. We want to remove the cause of your infection as well as any infected tissue.
And just as important, we want you to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment at our dentist office in Phoenix, AZ.
Keeping You Comfortable
At our office, our focus is on you, our patients. We aren’t trying to rush you in and out to see as many patients as possible. We want you to get the care that you deserve and need.
If you would like, we can schedule longer appointments during your visits. This will allow you time to take breaks or to ask questions about your treatment. Those breaks aren’t always needed, but some patients appreciate knowing that they can pause their treatment at any time if they need it.
Once you are in our dental chair, we want you to feel comfortable. We will gladly give you a pillow, a blanket, or both to help you feel cozy. We can even provide an eye shade to protect your eyes during your treatment.
Many patients come to see us as a result of pain they may be experiencing as a result of their periodontal problems.
We want to stop those pains as soon as possible, and the last thing we want to do is cause our patients additional pain.
We can prevent you from feeling any pain during your treatment either with local anesthetic or with dental sedation.
A local anesthetic is used to numb your mouth while we are treatment your gum disease. We even apply a topical anesthetic first do you won’t feel anything during your injection.
Some patients, such as individuals with dental anxiety, may prefer to be completely sedated during their treatment. That’s not a problem with our oral sedation.
This is a simple as taking a pill and making sure you have a trusted family member or friend to bring you to and from our office.
With oral sedation, you will receive a prescription for a single dose of medication to take prior to your appointment. After you take the medicine, your friend or relative will bring you to our office.
By the time we are ready to begin, you will be feeling the effects of the medicine. This will prevent you from feeling any pain throughout your procedure. You likely won’t remember anything about your treatment either.
The effects of the medicine can last for a few hours, which is why it will be just as important for your friend or relative to take you home.
Many patients who come to our office for the first time are in need of a “deep cleaning.” This is procedure known as scaling and root planing. This is similar to what happens during a routine dental cleaning. It’s just further below your gumline.
You have probably had a dentist or hygienist use a scaler previously. This is a tool with a small hook on the end. It’s used to remove plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) buildup from your teeth.
During scaling and root planing, we also remove plaque and tartar, but this buildup is around the roots of your teeth. By removing this and the bacteria that created the plaque in the first place, we are taking the first step in reversing your gum disease.
Through perioscopy, we use a small camera to get a better view of your mouth so we can better identify the problem areas of your mouth and gums.
Once we have treated your periodontal disease, we also want to help you prevent it from returning.
This means brushing and flossing (yes, you should still floss) on a daily basis and visiting Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona for routine cleanings and examinations.
If needed, we may recommend a special mouthrinse that you can use as an added protection against the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Ready To Answer Your Questions?
We are happy to answer your questions at any time. You can contact us online or call 602-842-6841 to learn more about our approach to oral health or to make an appointment at our dentist office if you live in or around Phoenix, AZ.
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