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Periodontal Disease Therapy in Harker Heights

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the many oral health concerns we screen for as part of regular dental checkups. Research conducted by the CDC and the American Academy of Periodontology revealed that as much as 80% of US adults over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease (mild gingivitis or more severe periodontitis). While these numbers are startling, what was even more disconcerting was the fact that as many as half of the patients were unaware of their condition. At Market Heights Family Dentistry, we complete periodontal charting as part of every six month checkup in order to keep track of patients’ gum health and diagnose periodontal disease in the early stages. For those patients who do suffer from more advanced periodontal disease, we offer a number of treatments to restore oral health including Arestin topical antibiotic therapy.

What is Periodontal Disease?

The American Academy of Periodontology defines periodontal disease an inflammation of the soft tissue which may lead to any number oral health concerns including tooth loss. The word periodontal literally translates to “around the tooth,” and periodontal disease can mean any health problems relating to the gums and supportive bone tissue. Gum disease is typically the result of plaque or tartar buildup at the gum line that irritates and inflames the soft tissue. Left untreated, sores form and the connective bone and gum tissue degenerates leading to shifting bite alignment and tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease Treatments

In the earliest stages of gingivitis, more frequent professional teeth cleanings and improved at-home hygiene are typically enough to reverse any damage to patients’ oral health. For more advanced cases, we may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling is the careful removal of plaque, tartar, and infected tissue below the gum line, and root planing is the smoothing or tooth roots to prevent future concerns. Typically, we also recommend topical antibiotic treatment with Arestin.

In the most advanced cases, we may recommend the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). This innovative treatment removes the underlying cause of gum disease and aids in the healing and reattachment process.

How does Arestin work?

Thousands of bacteria live in each person’s mouth. They serve a necessary function in overall health helping to digest nutrients from the foods and drinks we consume. However, bacteria also excrete a sticky, acidic biofilm known as plaque that sticks to teeth breaking down tooth enamel and possibly leading to periodontal disease.

Arestinis an antibiotic powder often recommended as treatment for periodontal disease.  Following scaling and root planing, Arestin is placed directly at the source of infection. Over the course of about three weeks, a steady flow of minocycline, a strong antibiotic, is released preventing reinfection.

Call our team to schedule an appointment or find out more about periodontal disease. We offer a wide variety of preventive and restorative treatments for periodontal disease and other oral health concerns and we’re happy to help patients from Fort Hood and other Central Texas cities in our Harker Heights office.