Gum disease is a common yet serious oral concern among Cape Coral, FL, patients. Caused by bacterial toxins, it is the primary reason for adult tooth loss and continues to progress unless treated with effective care. But cause for concern goes far beyond your smile. Scientific studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications, among a number of other health problems. To stop the progression of gum disease and minimize its effects, Dr. Mauricio Martinez offers effective non-surgical, surgical and laser periodontal treatment options.
Dr. Martinez diagnoses gum disease in Cape Coral, FL, patients through digital x-rays and periodontal measurements. If you have gum disease, he can provide the treatment ideal for stopping the infection and restoring health and wellness to your smile, keeping you from having to be referred out for care. Our gum disease treatments include:
Our hygienist gently performs scaling and root planing therapy to treat the periodontitis stage of gum disease. This non-surgical approach combines ultrasonic and scaling instruments to rid root surfaces of plaque, tartar and bacteria, allowing the gums to reattach to the teeth and decreasing periodontal pockets.
With our gentle BIOLASE® WaterLase™ soft tissue laser, Dr. Martinez vaporizes harmful bacteria and infected tissue from beneath the gum line. Laser gum disease treatment does not require incisions or sutures and speeds the healing process. We use this minimally invasive approach to laser periodontal treatment whenever possible.
The management of oral bacteria and maintenance of gum health is extremely important following gum disease treatment and accomplished through periodontal maintenance. These visits occur every three months, and include thorough cleanings, exams, x-rays (when needed) and close monitoring of periodontal pockets. Periodontal maintenance visits replace biannual “regular” cleanings, which are no longer enough to maintain periodontal health when gum disease has occurred.