Periodontal Therapy Improves Oral Health in Irving & Las Colinas

Non-surgical therapy removes plaque and calculus by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria and by treating conditions that encourage gum disease. This type of treatment may be all that's needed, especially when periodontal disease is caught early. You may also need to have certain procedures, such as replacing worn fillings or crowns with overhanging margins that can accumulate plaque, taken care of before periodontal therapy can begin.

Gum Therapy

Scaling is a type of cleaning that removes plaque and calculus from the teeth at and slightly below the gumline. Root planing smooths root surfaces, so the supportive tissues can better reattach to the tooth surface. Often, this will be done with local anesthesia so you can relax and feel nothing as we rehabilitate your gums.

This is a patient with active periodontal disease that has gone untreated for years. He came to our office wanting to get his oral health back on track. This photo shows the huge difference between a treated side of the mouth versus a diseased side of the mouth. This photo is of the back of the lower front teeth, an area many people spend the least amount of time brushing and where the most bacteria tends to accumulate.
The first xray shows an untreated case of periodontal disease with lots of tartar buildup on the teeth. (See red arrows). The second xray shows the teeth after treatment with full gum therapy and laser administration.

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Periodontal disease is a bacterial disease and the key to controlling or eliminating it is the effective reduction or elimination of the harmful bacteria. An adjunctive option to scaling and root planing may be provided in either pill form or applied directly to the infected area (gum pocket) in the form of antibiotic powder. An antibacterial mouth rinse also may be prescribed to help control the harmful effects of and reduce bacterial plaque.

Occlusal Adjustment

An improper bite or a traumatic occlusion may increase bone destruction attached to such offending teeth. We may either choose to adjust your bite so that your teeth meet properly and function better or construct a custom bite guard or splint- a removable device that fits over upper or lower teeth - to protect teeth surfaces and relax tense jaw muscles.