Periodontal disease (more commonly referred to as gum disease) is a widespread oral health problem, not to mention the leading cause of adult tooth loss among American adults. In order to combat this dangerous infection before it can cause lasting harm, our dentists at Thrive Dental & Orthodontics perform dedicated periodontal screenings during regular checkups. If we discover damage during this process, therapy is available to eradicate destructive bacteria and replenish your smile’s health in a lasting way. Contact us in Frisco, TX today to schedule a visit soon.
Common indications of gum disease include the following:
If you are noticing any of these symptoms on a regular basis, don’t wait to reach out for help. The earlier we can diagnose your condition and start providing treatment, the easier it will be for your smile to fully recover.
Scaling and root planing can essentially be thought of as a typical dental cleaning that’s been elevated to a much higher level. Our team will start with the “scaling” portion, which involves precise targeting of the areas beneath the patient’s gum line. After accumulations of plaque and tartar have been eliminated, the tooth roots will be gradually smoothed down as well – the “root planing” portion – in order to prevent further flare-ups of infection.
Chlorhexidine antibiotic therapy is typically recommended as a supplement to scaling and root planing. Our dentists will apply topical medication to the patient’s deep gum pockets, allowing it to target any infectious bacteria that may have been missed during the initial treatment process. Our goal is to leave your smile as strong, as healthy, and as vibrant as it can possibly be!