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Periodontal Therapy – Garland, TX

Safe & Effective Gum Disease Treatment

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Did you know that gum disease, not cavities, is actually the most common dental problem in the entire world? This bacterial infection of the gums and roots of the teeth can cause redness, swelling, tenderness, oral bleeding, and without professional treatment…tooth loss! At Orbit Dental of Garland, we strive to protect our patients’ entire smiles, not just their teeth, so if you’re experiencing any sensitivity or pain in your gums, give us a call today, and we’ll be able to provide the specialty care you need.

Why Choose Us for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Gum screenings performed at every appointment
  • Chao Pinhole Technique: Correct gum recession painlessly
  • Prevent reinfection with antibiotic therapy

Scaling & Root Planing

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Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria are allowed to accumulate along the gum line and cause inflammation, and scaling and root planing is specifically intended to remove this harmful buildup. First, our team will use an ultrasonic cleaner to break up any plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) deposits located around the gums (scaling), and then we’ll gently reshape and smooth out the roots of the teeth. This will make it harder for plaque to gather near the gums in the future, lowering the chances of reinfection.

Chao Pinhole Technique

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Gum recession, in which the tissue literally pulls away from the teeth, is a very common symptom of gum disease, and in the past, the only way to correct it was with a painful gum graft. However, with the Chao Pinhole Technique, Dr. Lankupalli can restore the appearance and health of the gum line using just a tiny hole placed into the gums. With it, she can gently stretch and manipulate the tissue back into place, all without needing a scalpel, incisions, or sutures.

Antibiotic Therapy

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After a patient has undergone a thorough gum cleaning, to make sure we’ve eliminated every last bit of bacteria, we’ll apply a topical antibiotic. This will be able to reach the tiny spaces between the teeth and the gums called periodontal pockets, where bacteria tends to gather and thrive. In addition to killing any leftover bacteria, this treatment can also help reduce the size of these pockets, making a patient’s smile more resistant to infection moving forward.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

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Other than taking care of your teeth, maintaining healthy gums is essential for avoiding infections. In fact, periodontal disease is a more common dental issue than cavities. However, even with the benefits of getting treatment, you may be wanting to know more about gum disease and the ways to address it. That’s why our team has gathered and answered some of the most frequently asked questions we get about periodontal therapy in Garland. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, then feel free to reach out to us today!

What Are the Dangers of Gum Disease?

Like any other infection, gum disease can become stronger and spread throughout other areas of your body. The longer it’s left untreated, the more you’ll be at risk of tooth loss and other dental complications. The bacteria can also escape into your bloodstream and travel to vital organs, increasing your chances of more serious health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. For this reason, you must seek preventive dental care early on so you can avoid infections in the first place.

What Are the Stages of Gum Disease?

There are typically three stages of gum disease, each having certain symptoms associated with them. This can allow periodontists to determine how far along the infection has progressed. The stages of gum disease include:

  • Gingivitis: This is generally indicated by inflammation in the gums. The bones and connective tissues are not yet affected.
  • Periodontitis: Not only are the gums severely damaged, but the connective tissues are becoming weaker. However, further damage can still be prevented.
  • Advanced periodontitis: At this point, the gums are ruined, and teeth will start to shift out of place and become less stable.

Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?

One of the best ways to prevent gum disease is simply by practicing proper oral hygiene. This involves brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once, and regularly rinsing with mouthwash to remove debris and food particles. You can also reduce your risks of infection by avoiding or quitting tobacco use. Finally, by visiting us every six months or sooner, we can help you ensure your dental health stays in good shape while keeping harmful bacteria at bay!

How Does a Periodontist Treat Gum Disease?

Your dentist will first examine your oral health to determine which stage your infection is, that way they can provide the appropriate treatment. With mild gingivitis, you may only need to improve your dental hygiene routine to address the situation, which should clear up your condition within 10 to 14 days. However, if your infection has progressed into periodontitis, then our team might perform scaling and root planing as well as antibiotic therapy to help eliminate the disease and prevent future occurrences. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can help determine which treatment options will be best for your gums.