Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment in Dallas, TX
Experienced Care for Optimum Oral Health
Professional oral maintenance care is vital to keeping your mouth healthy and keeping gum disease at bay. If gum disease is allowed to progress, it can result in tooth loss and extensive damage to the gum and bone. It is therefore important to monitor for any signs of gum disease and treat them as soon as they are detected.
We provide thorough maintenance cleanings, as well as skillful treatment for all stages of gum disease. Our experienced hygienist is thorough and our doctors keep a close eye on any signs of gum disease that need to be addressed. The role of a prosthodontist is to diagnose problems and restore teeth and gums. Our doctors are especially proficient in evaluating and spotting issues.
Even patients who have severe gum disease can find effective treatment in our practice—our doctors partner with two excellent periodontists (gum disease specialists) who deliver treatment right in our own office.
Gentle, Thorough Teeth Cleanings
Our friendly hygienist will use high-tech methods to provide a thorough, gentle cleaning.
If there are stubborn, hard deposits on the teeth, she can use an ultrasonic scaler with a vibrating tip that gently removes them. The ultrasonic shockwaves generated during cleaning also shatter the cell membranes of bad bacteria, effectively killing them.
Prophy Jet spray polishing
After cleaning, we use the sophisticated Prophy Jet device for tooth polishing. The Prophy Jet employs a stream of high-pressure water and baking soda to remove any surface stains and leave your teeth squeaky clean.
The hygienist will show you how to brush and floss, and she will give you other practical tips that will help you maintain optimum oral health at home. Our patient education is tailored to the needs of each individual patient.
Experienced & Knowledgeable Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is an infection that comes from a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. If left untreated, it can cause the gums to detach from the tooth, creating what is known as “pockets”—gaps between the gum and tooth that can allow more bacteria to build up. If left untreated, it can cause bone loss, eventual tooth loss and gum recession.
We are able to treat every stage of gum disease, from mild to severe.
Scaling and root planing
Gum disease treatment always starts with a procedure known as scaling and root planing. Scaling refers to the removal of hardened deposits of plaque and bacteria. These deposits irritate the gums and make it easier for bacteria to proliferate. Using an ultrasonic scaler, our hygienist is able to remove these deposits comfortably and effectively. Root planing is the smoothing of the root surfaces to remove the rough spots on the tooth root that can trap bacteria. The smooth surface also allows for better reattachment of the gum to the tooth.
Arestin® antibiotic therapy
In certain circumstances, such as in cases of severe infection in certain areas of the mouth, our doctors may use Arestin antibiotic therapy as an additional line of attack. The purpose of antibiotic therapy is to eliminate any bacteria that may be remaining after scaling and root planing.
Arestin is a topical (localized) antibiotic in the form of tiny spheres that release the active ingredient over time. The spheres are placed directly between the teeth and the gums, in the deep pockets from which bacteria are often difficult to remove.
Regular maintenance cleanings
Regular maintenance cleanings are an important part of any effective, long-term gum disease treatment program. After the immediate infection and inflammation have been controlled, we will schedule you for regular maintenance cleanings so that we can keep your gums in good condition.
Experienced specialists for the treatment of severe gum disease
We partner with skilled periodontists who treat patients with severe gum disease right in our own office. A periodontist is a highly skilled and experienced gum disease specialist, who can handle even very advanced cases of gum disease. They can also repair any damage that the disease may have done to gum and bone tissue.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are many factors that can contribute to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease, but other factors can also contribute, including genetics, smoking, stress and the effects of certain medications.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed during or after brushing your teeth
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- A bad taste in your mouth that lingers
- Teeth shifting in your mouth or becoming loose
It is important to detect and treat gum disease as early as possible, because treatment is easier in the beginning stages of the disease. Gum disease can also do more extensive damage to gum and bone tissues as it progresses.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please come and see one of our doctors right away!
To make an appointment, call 972‑934‑8898 or click here to request an appointment online.