Following cavities, periodontal (gum) disease may be the most common oral health condition affecting US adults. This issue occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line irritates and begins to break down soft tissue and supportive bone structure. Gum disease is diagnosed with gum packets and x-rays. The early warning signs may go unnoticed by the untrained eye, but the sooner we’re able to provide treatment, the more likely we are to achieve effective restoration. Call our team today to find out more about periodontal disease and the therapies available at Katy Family Dentists.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are often combined treatments used to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease. Scaling is a deep, systematic cleaning of teeth below the gum lines and decontamination of the damaged tissues. Root planing is a smoothing of tooth roots that helps to prevent future buildup of plaque and tartar. Following periodontal therapy, patients will generally need to visit us more frequently for professional cleanings to maintain their renewed level of oral health.
Soft Tissue Laser
We often use our soft tissue laser to perform frenectomies, gum lifts, and other soft tissue procedures that may be necessary following gum disease. Because this high intensity laser is able to precisely target only those tissues that need to be removed, we’re able to remove diseased tissue and reshape the gums without causing unnecessary bleeding or discomfort during or after treatment. In fact, most patients are back to full function after just a day or two without any discomfort.
Periodontal disease is caused by inflammation from excessive plaque buildup over time. One of the best ways to prevent this condition is by reducing the amount of plaque-producing bacteria in the mouth. We often use oral and topical antibiotic therapy as part of ongoing oral health and hygiene maintenance for patients recovering from gum disease. Topical antibiotics are frequently applied following scaling and root planing, and we may need to provide under-the-gum applications after cleanings.