Gum Disease Treatment – Denton, TX
Protecting Your Smile from All Angles
A fact that surprises many people is that the most common dental problem in the U.S. and around the world isn’t cavities, but gum disease. This is a bacterial infection that can develop along the gum line due to a lack of oral hygiene, leading to inflammation, tenderness, and even tooth loss if left untreated. At Prime Dentistry, we’re able to both prevent and treat gum disease in-house so our patients never have to worry about this potentially serious problem.
Why Choose Prime Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Dedicated gum disease screenings at every appointment
- Deep cleanings eliminate infection at the source
- Treatments designed to prevent reinfection
If we find that a patient does indeed have gum disease, our first line of treatment usually involves a deep cleaning, which consists of two separate techniques called scaling and root planing. Together, they help remove any plaque and tartar from along the gum line as well as smooth out the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots, making it much less likely for bacteria to gather along the gums in the future.
After the gums have been thoroughly cleaned, our team may choose to apply a topical antibiotic called Arestin. Arestin is made up of thousands of tiny microspheres, each one filled with a powerful antimicrobial agent. When placed on the gums, the microspheres slowly dissolve over the course of a few days, enabling the medicine to seep deep below the gum line and kill even the most well-hidden bacteria.
The tiny spaces located between the teeth and gums are called pockets, and they usually end up as the breeding ground for gum disease bacteria. For patients dealing with this infection, a pocket irrigation treatment serves to clean out these problem areas while also reducing their size, lowering a patient’s chances for reinfection in the future. This procedure can also aid in the healing of damage gum tissue, helping it firmly reattach to the teeth.