Periodontal Disease Therapy – Harker Heights, TX

Keep Your Gums Healthy and Pink

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) revealed that nearly 80% of U.S. adults over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease. While startling, as many as half of the patients are unaware. We complete periodontal charting as part of every six-month checkup to diagnose periodontal disease in the early stages. Contact us to learn if you need help to improve your gums.

 

Why Choose Market Heights Family Dental for Periodontal Disease Therapy?

  • Comprehensive Scaling and Root Planing Services
  • Targeted Antibiotic Therapy Performed
  • Sedation Available for Nervous Patients

What is Periodontal Disease?

The American Academy of Periodontology defines periodontal disease as inflammation of the soft tissue, which may lead to any number of oral health concerns, including tooth loss. Gum disease is typically the result of plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line that irritates and inflames the soft tissue. Left untreated, sores form, and the connective bone and gum tissue degenerate leading to shifting bite alignment and tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease Treatments

In the earliest stages of gingivitis, frequent professional teeth cleanings and improved at-home hygiene are typically enough to reverse any damage to patients’ oral health. We also offer:

  • Scaling and root planing - Scaling is the removal of plaque, tartar, and infected tissue below the gum line. Root planing smoothes tooth roots to prevent future concerns.
  • Arestin antibiotic treatment – We also recommend topical antibiotic treatment with Arestin to eliminate bacteria in the deepest crevices.
  • Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) - This 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 and excrete plaque that sticks to teeth, breaking down tooth enamel and possibly leading to periodontal disease. Arestin is an antibiotic powder often recommended as a 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, and we’re happy to help patients from Fort Hood and other Central Texas cities in our Harker Heights office.