Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Carrollton, TX
Heal Your Gums & Preserve
Your Pearly Whites
Your teeth might take center stage when you smile, but they need healthy gums to support them. When plaque and bacteria build up and infect the gums, you might experience swelling, soreness, inflammation, and even bleeding when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gum disease could even permanently damage the structures keeping your teeth in place, resulting in tooth loss! That’s why Dr. Anthony Dillard offers periodontal (gum) disease treatment to heal your gums and preserve your pearly whites. Call our dental office today to schedule the gentle treatment your gums need!
Why Choose Anthony Dillard, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- Several Dental Sedation Options to Soothe Your Nerves
- Relaxing, Spa-Like Dental Office Atmosphere
- Partners with an Expert Periodontist for Gum Grafting
Scaling & Root Planing
The gold standard for gum disease treatment is a two-pronged procedure called scaling and root planing. First, we use special instruments to break down plaque deposits that have gathered along and below the gumline, where your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. Then, with root planing, we smooth the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots. Not only does root planing prompt your gums to reattach to your teeth, but it also lowers your risk of reinfection because bacteria have difficulty accumulating on smooth surfaces.
Advanced gum disease often causes the gums to recede, which leaves the sensitive tooth roots vulnerable to infection and damage. While receded gum tissue cannot grow back, gum grafting can protect these exposed sections of the teeth for a healthier (and better-looking) smile. Dr. Dillard works with a periodontist, or gum expert, who visits our office once a month to perform this procedure. Gum grafting involves restoring lost gum tissue using either tissue from elsewhere in your mouth or an artificial substitute.
Arestin Antibiotic Therapy
To minimize the chance of reinfection, we may apply an antibiotic called Arestin directly to the pockets that have formed between the gums and the teeth. Once applied, this medicine gradually spreads throughout the gum tissue, expediting the healing process while targeting bacteria in the deepest areas of the gums that are inaccessible even to our expert team members.