Periodontal Disease Treatment
How We Stop Gum Disease
in Its Tracks
About 50% of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease, whose symptoms can range from a little swelling and redness to loose teeth and even tooth loss! The initial signs can be easy to miss on your own, which is why we check for it at every appointment. Should we see the early signs of an infection, or even if a serious one has developed, Dr. Barker can provide targeted periodontal disease treatment in Houston, TX to remove harmful bacteria and protect the foundation of someone’s smile.
Why Choose Bluebonnet Dental for Periodontal Disease Treatment?
- Named one of the Top 100 Professionals in Houston, TX by HTexas Magazine
- Recognized as One of America’s Top Dentists by Consumers’ Research Council
- 15 Years of Experience & Training at the Prestigious Las Vegas Institute
When we first discover that a patient has gum disease, we are most concerned with bone loss. That's right, bone loss! Gum disease will eventually deteriorate the bone structure that supports all your teeth. Our initial treatment will involve scaling and root planing or "SRP". An SRP is a thorough deep cleaning that focuses on the gum line and roots of the teeth. Scaling is when we remove all the built-up plaque and tartar on the teeth that is the underlying cause of gum disease, and then we slightly reshape and smooth the roots (or plane them). Combined, these two techniques stop an ongoing infection while preventing others from occurring in the future.
Very small pockets of bacteria can develop between the teeth and gums as gum disease advances, and these are practically impossible to thoroughly clean with scaling alone. So, we can apply Arestin directly to the gums, which is a topical antibiotic that dries on contact and then dissolves slowly over the course of a week. This allows the powerful medicine to reach the bottom of even the deepest pocket and kill any remaining bacteria.