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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Mesquite, TX

Save Your Smile by Treating Gum Disease!

Gum health is just as important to tooth health for many different reasons. For one, healthy gums ensure that your teeth have a stable place to live! That’s precisely why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States and around the world. Gum tissue that has become tender, red, swollen or sensitive in any way is a sign that you need to visit our dental office right away. We have many forms of periodontal (gum) disease treatment in Mesquite to get your gum health back to normal and prevent future infections from developing.

Why Choose Texas Dentistry for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?

Scaling & Root Planing

Typically, we’ll use scaling and root planing as the first line of defense against advanced cases of gum disease. While on the surface the treatment may seem similar to a regular dental cleaning, there is an important distinction: it focuses on getting rid of harmful bacteria from the area beneath the gumline, thus fighting the infection of your gums at the source. When it comes to improving the health of your gums, scaling and root planing can be an important step.

Do I Need Scaling & Root Planing?

On your own, it can be difficult to determine whether scaling and root planing are necessary. As such, you should get in touch with our team as soon as you have any reason to think that you may be suffering from gum disease. After examining your mouth, our dentists can determine what kind of treatment might be needed to help keep your smile safe.

Here are some possible warning signs that you may need scaling and root planing soon:

  • Your gums have noticeably receded.
  • There is often bleeding whenever you brush your teeth.
  • Lately there has been a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away.
  • Your teeth have noticeably shifted.

The Process of Scaling & Root Planing

Scaling and root planing are often collectively referred to as deep cleaning. Here is what you can expect during each step:

  • Scaling: We’ll take note of areas where plaque and tartar have accumulated, especially in the places that are normally hidden by your gumline. Then we will thoroughly remove these harmful substances so that they can no longer contribute to the progression of gum disease.
  • Root Planing: After cleaning your mouth, we will take the time to smooth out the roots of your teeth. This is done because advanced gum disease can cause the gum tissue to detach from the teeth. Smoothing out the roots will help encourage the gums to reattach themselves. Additionally, it’s harder for bacteria to accumulate on smoother tooth roots.

Aftercare Tips for Scaling & Root Planing

While we will use a local anesthetic to make sure that you don’t experience any discomfort during the actual scaling and root planing process, your mouth will need some time to recover afterward. Here are some tips for making sure there aren’t any problems while your mouth is healing:

  • You should wait until the local anesthetic has fully worn off before eating. Trying to chew while your mouth is numb could cause you to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek.
  • You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort in the days following scaling and root planing.
  • It may be a good idea to rinse with salt water every few hours. This can help reduce tenderness of the gums and aid with the healing process.

Periodontal Maintenance

Health teeth and gums

Since we do not want to put your gum tissue in harm’s way while performing periodontal therapy, we ask our patients to undergo scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy every three to four months. We cannot stress enough how important at-home care is for treatment, but that doesn’t mean we can complete your therapy in a single appointment. Routine follow-up appointments will ensure that your gums are healing as expected and give your gums time to heal in between appointments. We will make adjustments if healing is not going as planned.

Laser Gum Therapy

Laser dentistry hand tool

We want to maintain as much of your healthy gum tissue as possible when completing treatment, which is why our dental office uses laser dental tools. Stopping gum disease from spreading while maintaining healthy tissue has never been easier thanks to laser dentistry! This highly advanced device not only allows for more precise removal of infected or decayed tissue but heals gum tissue on contact. With faster healing, you spend less time worrying about aftercare and our dental office doesn’t have to use metal dental tools or stitches!

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