Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment

Dentist Dallas, TX


In the presence of gum disease (periodontal disease), it is often necessary to do a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar that has formed below the gumline. Plaque and tartar are the number one cause of gum disease and it must be removed in order to promote healing of the gums. Without proper removal, the plaque and tartar will continue to contribute to bone loss and pocket formation around the teeth. This may result in eventual tooth loss. If all areas of your mouth need a deep cleaning, it is customary to clean half of the mouth during one appointment and the other half at a separate appointment.

Once completed, a follow-up appointment is scheduled 6 weeks later to check that your gums are healing well and to disrupt the accumulation of newly formed plaque. We then recommend a 3-month cleaning schedule to maintain your periodontal disease and ensure that it does not progress once we have stopped the progression. There is no cure for gum disease. It has to be maintained with proper homecare and regular recare appointments. This is crucial to the health of your mouth!

Periodontitis can often not be completely reversed, but with proper at-home care combined with in-office maintenance, we can help prevent the disease from progressing. It is important to regularly see us for a routine, professional cleaning and examination. Also, it is essential to keep up with your daily oral routine at home. Flossing is crucial to preventing periodontal disease.

For more information on periodontal disease, contact our Dallas, TX dentist.