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Periodontal Treatment in Pittsford

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Periodontics is the dental specialty concerned with preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease, which affects the gums and jawbone. Often called gum disease, periodontal disease begins with mild gum inflammation – gingivitis – and can lead to decay and tooth loss.

You may need periodontal treatment for:

  • Moderate or advanced gum disease
  • Gum recession caused by gum disease, over-brushing, or improper tooth positioning
  • Crown lengthening to further expose a tooth that is surrounded by soft tissue
  • Ridge augmentation (or recontouring) to fix an uneven gum line

At Sanger Dental at the Basin, our Pittsford dentist has extensive experience handling all kinds of periodontal procedures and can improve the condition of your teeth and gums. All periodontal treatments are performed in our advanced office with a spa-like atmosphere for your ultimate comfort. We combine decades of experience with the most advanced dental technology to deliver the best patient experience possible.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or by phone at (585) 299-5495.

Scaling & Root Planing

To remove bacteria, toxins, and other germs from your gums and the surrounding bone, your Pittsford dentist might recommend scaling and/or root planing. These non-surgical procedures are a great option for patients suffering from gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Scaling involves a special tool that removes plaque from the crown and root surfaces. Your dentist may also deliver an antimicrobial medication beneath your gums to reduce and prevent bacteria.

Root planing involves removing cementum and surface dentin by smoothing the root of the tooth with a special tool. Clean and smooth tooth roots can prevent bacteria from collecting.

Pocket Irrigation

Another effective way to treat periodontal disease is through pocket irrigation. Pocket irrigation removes plaque between teeth and under the gumline to protect you from bacterial infection.

Your Pittsford dentist may recommend pocket irrigation for:

  • Interdental cleaning: The removal of harmful materials and bacteria between teeth to keep gum pockets clean, healthy, and shallow
  • Subgingival cleaning: Flushes out bacteria and toxins from underneath your gums
  • Preventing halitosis (bad breath): Food particles lodged between teeth and tooth decay can lead to halitosis, which can be treated by pocket irrigation
  • Applying antimicrobials: If you are plagued by or prone to oral bacterial infections, antimicrobials can remove built up bacteria

Pocket irrigation may be performed alongside other periodontal treatments such as dental cleaning (prophylaxis) or pocket reduction surgery.


Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during the day or while you’re asleep at night? If so, you may suffer from bruxism, a common condition that can severely damage your teeth and jaw. Many patients do not even realize they have the condition until a dental professional notices the signs.

Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders

Bruxism is also often associated with Alzheimer’s and chronic stress. As one of many potential causes of tooth wear and damage, bruxism is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. However, it is important to treat this condition early on, as it may cause arthritis, trauma to teeth and gums, gum recession, and myofascial pain.

Treatment options for bruxism include:

  • Mouthguards
  • NTI-tss devices
  • Botox
  • Relaxation exercises and stress management education

Visit Sanger Dental at the Basin Today

Ready to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanger? We are ready to treat your periodontal disease and address other concerns. Maintain your oral health by visiting us today in our state-of-the-art, spa-like dental office. Our Monroe County dental team truly values your physical and emotional well-being as they relate to your oral health and we will go above and beyond to meet your needs while exceeding your expectations.

Call Sanger Dental at the Basin now. Dial (585) 299-5495.