Is Gum Disease Lurking Beneath Your Smile?

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Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious condition caused by harmful oral bacteria. Without treatment, this progressive infection leads to bone loss, loose teeth and even tooth loss. Our doctors at Martin Dental offer minimally invasive ways to address moderate to advanced gum disease, including laser gum therapy, Scroll down to learn more or schedule your appointment.

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What are my treatment options?

If you've been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation and the severity of the problem. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The first line of defense against gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can't reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.

If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need. However, as with any dental procedure, after-care is vital. In order to keep your teeth in good shape and resist future occurrences of gum disease, you must brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco use, and have regular dental checkups. Even after a successful scaling and root planing, if you don't attend to your teeth properly, it's quite likely that you'll develop gum disease again.

Laser Dentistry

Fear of gum disease treatment keeps many patients from seeking the care they need for a healthy smile. But with our gentle approach and minimally invasive laser technology, you never have to fear getting the treatment you need! Incorporating laser services into our treatment plans lets us provide greater comfort and better patient experiences. Our doctors are ready to use their experience, advanced training, and compassionate chairside manner to restore your gum health for a lasting, beautiful smile!

We treat a variety of dental conditions with our laser dentistry procedures:

  • Gum disease treatment
  • Gum recontouring
  • Frenectomy
  • Ulcer treatment
  • Composite fillings
  • Implant surgery
  • Peri-implantitis treatment
  • TMJ/Muscle evaluation and therapy


You may know periodontal disease as gum disease. This malady affects over half of American adults. It is caused by bacteria and plaque building up on the teeth and the gum line.

When the bacteria is not consistently removed, it infects the teeth and gums, and eventually spreads to the bone surrounding the teeth as well. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and is also linked to heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

Don’t worry–Dr. Martin is here to help. We use advanced technology to detect and treat gum disease. We can restore your health before greater problems arise.
Signs of gum disease include:

  • Read, tender, or swollen gums, especially during brushing and flossing
  • Consistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gum line
  • Changes in bite or the way your teeth fit together

Other patients may not notice the signs of gum disease. We can help you assess your health at your regular general dentistry appointments.


Scaling and root planing is an effective line of defense against gum disease. Our team will:

  1. Apply local anesthesia to the areas being treated.
  2. Offer sedation to boost your comfort further.
  3. Use a manual scaling tool or ultrasonic cleaner to clean up the bacteria buildup.
  4. Smooth the surfaces of the tooth to prevent future plaque and tartar accumulation.
  5. We will schedule a follow-up visit with you to ensure that you are enjoying maximum health. Some patients may need a few deep cleanings to maximize results.


Soft tissue grafts involve taking small pieces of tissue from areas of the body and surgically implanting them to areas of the mouth that are lacking tissue. Soft tissue grafting can:

  • Correct dental deformities
  • Reverse severe gum disease
  • Cover exposed roots
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Improve the appearance of the gums
  • Reduce pain

If your gums are lacking healthy tissue, soft tissue grafting may help you find success.

We encourage you to keep your teeth and gums clean at home with a diligent at-home care program. Patients should also visit their dentists twice yearly to learn more about their oral health.

Contact Martin Dental with questions or to schedule your next appointment.


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