Periodontal Therapy in River Oaks
Heal Your Smile With Gum Disease Treatment
The title to this page is true—the most common dental issue in the entire world is periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. Many people are completely unaware that they have it, and this is because it starts with very subtle symptoms. Over time, however, it can develop into a serious dental and overall health problem. Dr. John Krell and his team will always keep an eye on the state of your gums when you come in for a regular checkup. That way, we can catch the disease as early as possible and treat it quickly.
Scaling & Root Planing
These two procedures provide a deep cleaning for your gums, and they are one of the main ways we treat advanced gum disease.
Scaling uses specialized tools to clear away plaque and bacteria that has gathered along and under your gum line. Then, root planing will be used to gently smooth out the roots of your teeth. This will make it much harder for plaque to build up on your gums in the future. Typically, these treatments can be completed in just one or two appointments.
Soft Tissue Laser
Thanks to modern technology, we can treat your gum disease faster and easier than ever. Using the Odyssey soft tissue laser, we can precisely remove plaque, bacteria, and even diseased tissue while causing you little to no pain. The laser itself is so accurate that it won’t affect any of the surrounding gum tissue that doesn’t need to be treated, meaning you’ll have a much easier recovery time afterward as well.
To help fight your gum disease while you are at home, your doctor may choose to use antibiotic therapy. For this, they’ll apply a powdery substance called Arestin directly to any infected tissue. This powder is actually composed of thousands of microspheres that are filled with a powerful medicine, and they will slowly dissolve over time. This will help your treatment last for a longer time and assure your gums are free of harmful bacteria.