Periodontal Therapy – Houston, TX
Promoting Healthier, Happier Gums
The gums normally protect the roots of your teeth, but if they become infected, you could end up with gaps in your smile sooner than you think. When a gum infection is still in the early stages, it can be reversed with a cleaning and good oral hygiene at home. For severe cases, you’ll need a more advanced form of periodontal therapy. If you’ve noticed that your gums have become red or swollen, get in touch with Dr. Palmer today to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose Gregory Palmer, DMD & Associates for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Antibiotic Therapy: Professional Care at Home
- In-House Periodontist (Gum Specialist)
- Welcoming, Inviting Staff & Comfortable Environment
Scaling & Root Planing
If your gum disease has advanced to the point where pockets have started to form in the tissue, we can perform a deep cleaning by combining two procedures: scaling and root planing. First, the roots of the teeth are scaled so that any debris and bacteria that have built up below the gum line are removed. Then, the roots are planed, meaning the surfaces are smoothed; this helps prevent plaque and tartar from gathering again, giving the gums a chance to heal.
After your deep cleaning, we might recommend using antibiotics to reduce bacteria levels in your mouth. This will lower the risk of a new infection forming while you are healing. At our practice, we use Arestin, a special antibiotic that is made up of microspheres that look like a fine powder. The spheres will be placed in the gum pockets. Over the next two to three weeks, the medicine they contain will slowly be released to kill the remaining bacteria.