Periodontal Care In Vermillion

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, particularly seniors. Dr. Randy and the team at Houska Dental are here to help you get the care you need to restore your oral health. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.


How Is Gum Disease Treated?

In-Office & At-Home Care

Gum disease must be treated with a combination of specialized in-office care and good at-home oral hygiene. Along with appointments at our office, you will need to brush and floss properly, use prescription mouthwashes, and make lifestyle changes to improve your oral health.

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What To Expect At Your Deep Cleaning Appointment


Numbing And Preparation

First, your mouth will be numbed to keep you comfortable during your appointment at Houska Dental.

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Cleaning Your Mouth

Dr. Randy will use a variety of special dental tools to clean bacteria away from between your teeth and gums.

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Each half of your mouth will be cleaned during a separate, 1-2 hour appointment. Your next appointment will usually be scheduled 1-2 weeks after your first appointment so that your mouth can heal and recover.

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How Is Gum Disease Treated?

Gum disease is primarily treated with antibiotics, and by removing the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that cause gum disease. However, surgery is sometimes required for more advanced cases.

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Deep Cleanings (Scaling & Root Planing)

Deep cleaning is done under local numbing and takes two appointments over a period of 1-2 weeks. Each treatment is done to clean half of your mouth. This treatment is also called “scaling & root planing.” Dr. Randy will use special tools to remove bacteria from between your teeth and gums. He will also smooth the roots of your teeth to eliminate “pockets” of gum disease-causing bacteria. Along with good at-home oral hygiene and antibiotics, this is often enough to reverse gingivitis or halt the progression of more advanced gum disease. 

Periodontal Maintenance

If you have a more advanced, irreversible case of gum disease, you will need to come and see Dr. Randy for periodontal maintenance every 3-4 months. This treatment is sort of a “mini deep cleaning.” It involves cleaning deeply between your teeth and gums, but is not quite as comprehensive as a deep cleaning, and takes only one appointment. Along with good at-home oral hygiene, this will stop the progression of gum disease and ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for years to come.

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I actually love coming to the dentist thanks to Dr. Randy. Would highly recommend.

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This dentist and his staff are amazing.  I was traveling from Pa  and broke a tooth. They got me in, extracted the tooth and were very reasonably priced. The staff and dentist answered all questions  and were great. I cant say enough good about them.

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My experience here has been without a doubt the best experience I have ever had with a dental office.  Everyone here is friendly and they recognized me on my second visit!  Questions are answered and concerns are addressed in a friendly manner.

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