Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment
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, Dr. Farzin will help you keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Dr. Farzin has many years of experience in dental hygiene. In fact, prior to earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and worked as a hygienist. She uses advanced tools to gently clean your teeth, effectively removing tartar buildup.
Both of our doctors are skilled in treating gum disease, including severe gum disease (periodontitis).
Gentle, thorough Teeth Cleanings
We excel at giving our patients comfortable yet thorough cleanings.
Patient education is vital when it comes to helping patients avoid and treat gum disease. We use CAESY, a comprehensive collection of state-of-the-art live-action and animated videos, to fully educate patients on gum disease and oral hygiene.
Ultrasonic scaler for a thorough, comfortable experience
We use an ultrasonic scaler to break down bacterial deposits and plaque and tartar buildups with sound waves. This ensures a thorough cleaning with minimal discomfort. This tool can be used for deep cleanings or to remove heavy stains and deposits during regular cleanings.
High-tech and comfortable Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Farzin and Dr. Amini are experienced in treating mild, moderate and severe gum disease using advanced technology and procedures for a comfortable and minimally invasive experience.
The doctors treat the disease aggressively, seeing patients every three to four months until the progress of the condition has been effectively stopped.
During your initial exam, the doctor will measure the depths of gum pockets around your teeth in order to assess the health of your gums. Gum pockets are formed when the gum has moved away from the tooth as a result of periodontal disease attacking the connective tissue.
Scaling and root planing Deep Cleaning treatment
Deep cleaning, which consists of 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. Dr. Farzin uses a high-tech ultrasonic scaler for gently removing major calculus, followed by hand scaling, in order to ensure the complete removal of calculus. Dr. Farzin uses a topical anesthetic to numb the tissue for a comfortable experience.
Antibiotic therapy for eliminating the bacteria
ARESTIN® antibiotic therapy is used to further treat gum disease as needed by killing remaining bacteria in the gums.
ARESTIN contains microspheres, bead-like particles so tiny that they’re 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.
Treating severe Gum Disease
A thorough deep cleaning and a complete elimination of bacteria solves most cases of gum disease. For patients with advanced gum disease, Dr. Amini might perform flap surgery (also known as pocket reduction surgery or open flap debridement) to treat patients with severe gum disease patients. The aim of flap surgery is to reduce the size of the gum pockets around the teeth and remove the bacteria in them. Dr. Amini will gently separate the gums from the teeth and then fold them back in the form of a flap, allowing him scale and root plane the exposed roots and bone supporting the teeth. The gum flaps are then returned to their normal position against the teeth.
Dr. Amini utilizes high-tech electrosurgical instruments, which use high-frequency electric currents, for a precise, minimally invasive treatment. With electrosurgery, patients feel more comfortable and experience faster healing.
What causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is mostly caused by poor oral hygiene, which leads to the overgrowth of bacteria that forms plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) on the teeth and the subsequent infection of the gums. Other factors can include smoking, misaligned teeth, hormonal changes, stress, diabetes mellitus, 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 (bad breath), a persistent bad taste in the mouth, teeth moving or becoming loose, receding gums and changes to your bite alignment.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, contact our office right away to schedule an exam with one of our doctors. Early treatment is essential to preserving your gums and teeth.
To make an appointment, call 949-566-8848 or click here to request an appointment online.