Gum Disease Treatment - Ft. Worth, TX
Defeat Gum Disease
Your Smile Needs Healthy Gums
Gum tissue is one of the most important parts of your mouth. Along with providing support for your bone and teeth, gums help create a barrier against bacteria. When plaque is left to buildup on your teeth, it hardens into calculus and releases toxins that infect your gum tissue, breaking this seal that keeps bacteria out. Gum disease often goes undetected by individuals, which is why this disease is so dangerous. Because it’s progressive, gum disease will continue to damage your gum tissue, bone, and teeth and even exacerbate systemic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, if not properly managed. By the time patients visit our office for gum disease treatment in Fort Worth, TX, many have been living with gingivitis or a more advanced stage of gum disease for a while. Don’t wait to get treatment from our experienced dentists if you’ve noticed your gums are more tender than usual or bleed easily whenever you brush and floss!
Know the Signs of Gum Disease
Treating Gum Disease with Laser Therapy
If you are experiencing even one of the symptoms of gum disease, we can provide targeted treatment with laser therapy. Using our diode laser, we can eradicate the bacteria from the teeth and pockets around your tooth roots, without needing to make any incisions in your gum tissue. Laser therapy relies on a beam of light that targets and eliminates bacteria on the teeth and gum tissue and is an efficient way to treat most stages of gum disease. Additionally, laser therapy is often a more comfortable treatment for patients and provides a faster, virtually pain-free recovery. We provide many treatments for gum disease, which all provide predictable results, but many patients choose laser gum disease treatment because it creates a more comfortable and efficient treatment process overall.
Our Periodontal Services
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the first step for treating gum disease. During this non-surgical “deep cleaning,” we’ll first remove the bacteria and calculus from the teeth and periodontal pockets. Next, we’ll smooth the tooth surfaces to discourage future buildup and to help healthy tissues reattach to the teeth, reducing pocket depth.
More advanced cases of gum disease may require that the diseased tissue be removed in addition to scaling and root planing. A gingivectomy removes the infected gum tissue and reduces the depth of the pockets around the teeth. After the area has been cleared of bacteria and calculus, the healthy gum tissue can heal and reattach to the teeth.
Osseous surgery, for severe cases of periodontal disease, involves flapping the gum tissue back away from the teeth and bone. Then the area is cleared of all bacteria and plaque buildup, the damaged bone is reshaped, and antibiotics are placed in the periodontal pockets. Diseased tissue is cut away and the healthy gums are sutured back around the teeth to support healthy healing.
Advanced cases of gum disease can never be cured, only managed. This can be effectively done through periodontal maintenance. These appointments every 3-4 months consist of deep cleaning of the teeth and pockets to remove any bacteria and calculus that has accumulated. Following a recommended maintenance schedule can keep gum disease from returning in the future.
A similar condition to gum disease, peri-implantitis, sometimes affects the gum tissue surrounding a dental implant. When this occurs, we’ll take the same measures to clear away the bacteria and calculus and remove infected gum tissue. Peri-implantitis can also be treated with our diode laser, which provides a faster and more comfortable recovery.