Gum Disease Treatment – Dallas, TX

Protecting More Than
Just Your Teeth

Did you know that the most common dental problem in the world actually isn’t cavities, but gum disease? This infection damages the soft tissues that help keep your teeth in place, and in addition to making the mouth sore, it is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Thankfully, our team is ready to find and treat this problem right away. If you have red, sensitive, or bleeding gums, give us a call, and we’ll get your oral health back on track in no time with gum disease treatment in Dallas, TX.

Why Choose Skillman Family Dentistry for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Detailed Gum Exam at Every Visit
  • Fast & Gentle Dental Team
  • Dental Insurance & Medicaid Welcomed

Scaling & Root Planing

Animated smile during scaling and root planing periodontal disease treatment

Sometimes thick deposits accumulate on your teeth and under your gums. When this happens, routine cleanings are no longer effective for removing the tartar or restoring your gums to optimal health.

Deep cleaning, sometimes called “scaling and root planing,” is a procedure that removes the heavy accumulation of hard deposits or calculus from your teeth and gums. Dr. Henry’s team uses instruments that remove the deposits while gently flushing out the bacteria from under your gums and between your teeth. The roots are then smoothed to aid healing and make the accumulation of plaque and hard deposits less likely.

Bacterial plaque and calculus deposits cause a minor infection, or gingivitis, and the more serious periodontitis, an infection in the bone that supports the teeth. Removing the deposits is the only way to stop these infections and restore your mouth to good health.

If you are noticing bleeding from your gums, bad breath, or can see yellow deposits along the gum line, you may need to have your teeth scaled and root planed.

Antibiotic Therapy

Animated smile during topical antibiotic therapy

After cleaning your teeth, antibiotic therapy can be used to remove bacteria from the hardest to reach areas of the mouth, i.e. the small spaces between your teeth and gums. We may apply a topical substance to your gums or have you take a pill depending on the severity and location of your infection. This approach helps you fight gum disease even when you aren’t in our dental office, plus it reduces the chances of reinfection by shrinking the pockets where bacteria tend to gather.