Gum disease Treatment – Carrollton, TX
Dental Care That Goes Beyond Your Teeth
While the teeth certainly deserve a lot of attention, your gums actually matter just as much when it comes to your oral health. Without proper care, they can actually develop an infection called periodontal (gum) disease, which may lead to symptoms like bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and even tooth loss! At On Point Dentistry, our in-house periodontist, Dr. Parra, is ready to take care of your entire smile, so if we spot any issues with your gums at your routine appointments, we’ll be able to address them right away with our targeted periodontal therapy treatments.
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?
- On-Staff Periodontist: Dr. Carlos Parra
- Deep Cleanings Provided by Expert Hygiene Team
- Non-Surgical & Surgical Treatments Available
Scaling & Root Planing
Periodontal disease usually develops as the result of plaque and bacteria being allowed to build up near the gum line, causing the tissues to become inflamed. Scaling and root planing is able to remove this buildup. It also serves to smooth out the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots to prevent plaque from gathering near the gums in the future. Depending on the extent of a patient’s infection, the procedure can be completed in one to four appointments.
There are small spaces located between your teeth and gums called periodontal pockets, and this is where harmful bacteria particularly like to gather. These areas are extremely hard to clean with traditional tools alone, but we can cleanse them with antibiotic therapy. We apply a medication called ARESTIN directly to the gums, and over the course of a few days, it dissolves so it’s able to seep down and eliminate even the most well-hidden bacteria.
A gingivectomy is a minor surgical procedure in which a small amount of gum tissue is removed in order to give our team easier access to the roots of the teeth where bacteria and plaque tend to gather. This makes it much easier for us to remove these harmful deposits and treat any damage that was previously covered by the gums. It can also be used cosmetically to correct and overly “gummy” smile to improve someone’s appearance.