Today, millions of Americans are suffering from periodontal (gum) disease – and many aren’t even aware of it. This condition is likely to start quietly with few symptoms, only to then escalate quickly to destructive consequences like tooth loss. Studies have even suggested that the presence of gum disease can negatively affect a patient’s overall wellbeing, contributing to complications like heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. At Inwood Village Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, our team takes this threat very seriously. Periodontal screenings are a vital portion of every routine examination, and Dr. Davina Prida offers multiple treatment options if patients are in need of assistance to overcome infection. Contact our Dallas, TX practice today to schedule your first visit.
Although periodontal disease is technically incurable, it can be treated and managed properly with the support of an experienced dental team. Dr. Prida offers a range of effective periodontal therapies that will be recommended depending on the severity of the patient’s current infection. Scaling and root planing is a common, non-invasive cleaning that eliminates hardened plaque from below the gum line and reduces the rough surfaces on tooth roots, which are common magnets for dangerous bacteria.
Antibiotic therapy is typically used in conjunction with scaling and root planing to help bolster the effectiveness of the cleaning and eliminate traces of bacteria that were left behind. Our practice utilizes ARESTIN® by applying it directly to the pockets above and below the gum line. Over time, gum tissue will heal in a more quality fashion with this valuable support.
When periodontal disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, diseased tissue will need to be treated and removed to facilitate proper healing. Our high-end practice has done away with traditional scalpels for this process and now relies on a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser from BIOLASE for even more precise and rejuvenating treatment. Patients will be able to enjoy a comfortable procedure, minimal bleeding, and an accelerated healing time – the use of the laser even promotes the growth of new, healthy tissue to replace what was lost.