Gum Disease Treatment – Dallas, TX
Keeping Your Gums Infection-Free
In offering a soft tissue management program for periodontal disease, our goal is to control the disease without surgery. It requires working together to slow the progression of the disease and bring it to a halt. This is very much a crucial part of achieving an overall healthy smile.
Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Laser-Assisted Gum Treatments
- We Take Our Time with Each Patient
- An Emphasis on Customer Service
What is Gum Disease?
You might hear us refer to gum disease as periodontal disease. Having this condition means that harmful oral bacteria have infected your gums as well as the nearby tissues that help hold the teeth in place. Usually, this occurs when plaque and tartar build up as a result of poor oral hygiene practices and a lack of regular dental checkups.
Gum disease will start as mild gingivitis. At this point, the condition will be contained to the gums themselves, and it can even be reversed with the proper treatment. If ignored, however, it can eventually turn into periodontitis, a far more destructive disease that can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and create pockets where more harmful bacteria can gather. Over time, the bone and membrane holding the teeth in place will gradually be destroyed, eventually leading to tooth loss.
The symptoms of gum disease often include red and swollen tissue that bleeds easily whenever you brush or floss. Tooth pain and sensitivity are also common. During the more advanced stages, you might notice teeth that have become loose or developed gaps between them.
Scaling & Root Planing
The most effective type of non-surgical treatment for gum disease is known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves a removal of plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, starting at the root surface; the dental hygienist will be removing harmful bacteria and irritants from deep beneath your gums to induce the healing process.
Scaling and root planing are similar to a routine cleaning; however, we reach further beneath the gumline to clear away the toxins causing inflammation. Many times for comfort, the patient will be given a local anesthetic, and the procedure is as follows: removal of all plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits, then smooth the root surface of each tooth to encourage re-attachment of the gum tissue and irrigation of the pockets with an anti-microbial may be necessary. This is regarded as the procedure of choice when eliminating the source of gum problems.
Atridox Antibiotic Therapy
Once bacteria have been removed from the pockets that have formed in your gums, we need to ensure that they don’t have a chance to return. That is the goal of antibiotic therapy: to keep fighting against gum infections after scaling & root planing have been completed. Our practice uses Atridox gel that is placed in the infected pocket; it turns into a wax-like substance once it touches your saliva, and the medicine it contains is slowly released from the hardened gel over the next week or so. Follow-up treatments might be necessary depending on how severe your condition is.