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Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is a worrisome infection in the gums that can harm oral tissues and destroy the jawbone. This infection is detrimental to your overall oral health. If you suffer from this disease, you likely experience consistent bad breath, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth or receding gums.

Fortunately, our experienced periodontist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, is a professional when it comes to treating gum disease. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists use a variety of top-of-the-line treatments that can help you restore your oral health and improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Those treatments include:

Scaling and root planing – This treatment involves Dr. Nicholas removing all the plaque and tartar from your teeth, above and below the gum line. Then, she will smooth out your tooth roots to help your gums reattach to the teeth.

Laser therapy – This treatment involves Dr. Nicholas using a high-tech, Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser to trim infected gum tissue, remove hardened plaque, rebuild or re-contour damaged bone, eliminate infection in the area, promote healing in the tissues and more. The laser will do all this by emitting concentrated energy in the form of a light beam.

Osseous surgery – This treatment involves Dr. Nicholas contouring the bony structure around the tooth and placing the gum line close to the bone line. She will reshape the bone to get rid of uneven or damaged areas and then gently reposition the gums back into their proper place.

Bone grafting – This treatment involves Dr. Nicholas restoring the jawbone after it has been damaged by gum disease. She will build up the bone to make it stronger and healthier. This can be beneficial when the patient is interested in placing dental implants.

Dr. Anne Nicholas has extensive training, years of experience and expert knowledge that you can trust to give you the strong and healthy teeth and gums you deserve. If you are a victim of gum disease, it’s best to call Dr. Nicholas right away so she can help you protect your smile.

To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert. You can reach them at 760-851-0314 or by visiting their dental office in Palm Desert, California.