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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.