A Clean & Safe Practice

We go above and beyond the ADA and OSHA recommended standards to make our Tucson dental office a clean and safe place for your family. Before your visit, we disinfect all of our equipment in a designated area with state-of-the-art sterilization technology. We also thoroughly sanitize each room between patients. We worry about the cleanliness of our office so you’ll never have to.

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Dr. Michael Allen

Meet Dr. Michael Allen

Dr. Michael Allen and our dedicated professional team work hard to create a practice that is current with all the latest dental technology and updated procedures. But our basic mission has always remained the same – to provide all members of your family with personalized quality care that exceeds your expectations.For the past five years, Dr. Allen has worked at Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales and Rio Rico providing dental care for underserved families in Southern Arizona. He truly loves what he does and brings that positive attitude to work on a daily basis.

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Gum Disease Treatment in Tucson, AZ

Gum Disease Treatment Tucson AZHave you noticed a change in your gums recently? Do they look red and tender or bleed when you eat hard or crunchy foods? Whenever you notice anything different about the way your gums look or feel, there’s a good chance you’re seeing symptoms of gum disease.

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that develops on your teeth throughout the day. Whatever you’ve had in your mouth throughout the day – food, drink, and even saliva – causes plaque to develop. If you haven’t heard it often enough, this is why Dr. Michael Allen and the team at Sabino Hills Family Dentistry emphasize the need for brushing and flossing at least twice a day.

When plaque is not removed with proper oral hygiene, it sits on your teeth and hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus. Tartar is a very hard substance that stays bonded to the surface of your teeth until a trained dental hygienist can remove it with special instruments. 

Tucson Gum DiseaseThe Two Stages of Gum Disease

Periodontal infection, commonly referred to as gum disease, attacks your gum tissue. This infection is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. There are two stages of gum disease:

Stage One – Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. As periodontal infection works its way into your gums, you may notice tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. In some cases, however, the symptoms of gingivitis may be so mild that they’re not apparent. Gingivitis is usually reversible if it is detected and treated early.

However, if not treated, gingivitis can lead to...

Stage Two – Periodontitis

Periodontitis occurs when the infection in your gums spreads to your teeth, bones, and the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. As the gum and bone separate from your teeth, pockets form between the gums and your teeth. These pockets collect bacteria and become infected, leading to loss of bone and tissue, loosening of the teeth, and even potential tooth loss.

Treating Gum Disease

The treatment we choose for you depends on the overall health of your teeth are and how serious the infection is. If we find you have a minor infection, a thorough cleaning with frequent follow-ups may be all that’s needed to get gum disease under control.

For more advanced cases, we’ll need to perform a gum infection therapy treatment. This involves thoroughly clearing away any bacteria, then smoothing the surface of the teeth to eliminate spots where they can collect. The affected area will be irrigated with an antibacterial rinse to flush out any remaining bacteria and give you a fresh start.

Our gentle hygienists will recommend that you return in about 4 to 6 weeks to our Tucson dental office for a follow-up visit. They may also suggest scheduling more frequent cleanings in the future so we can monitor your condition and stay a step ahead of the disease.

Call to Schedule an Appointment for a Cleaning

If you practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about gum infection. A dental cleaning can remove the tartar and plaque that cause gum disease and, with the help of the team at Sabino Hills Family Dentistry, you can follow a treatment plan that keeps your teeth and gums healthy and strong.

Call us today to schedule your next appointment for a professional cleaning!