Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Dental Frontiers & Associates

Family Dentistry & Aesthetic Dentists located in Tomball, TX

Periodontal disease infects your gum tissue and can, when untreated, spread to the bones adjacent to your teeth, leading to tooth loss. At Dental Frontiers & Associates in Tomball, Texas, Anthony Garza, DDS, offers non-surgical periodontal treatment to help restore your gum health and reduce inflammation. If you have signs of gum disease, get treated right away. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment Q&A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of your gum tissue. The infection causes your gums to become inflamed and pull away from your teeth, forming pockets in which bacteria builds up and causes more infection. 

You should suspect that you have periodontal disease if:

  • Your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss
  • You have pain when chewing 
  • Your gums are receding, or you notice pockets between the teeth and gums
  • You have persistent bad breath
  • Your teeth are loose or sensitive

Treatment for periodontal disease can save your teeth. Non-surgical options are available when periodontal disease is identified early and has not already caused serious decay or bone infection. 

What is non-surgical periodontal treatment?

The goal of non-surgical periodontal treatment is to control microbial infection by removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth, especially in the pockets that form between your teeth and gums. 

Dr. Garza and his staff provide a thorough deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. The procedure typically requires a local anesthetic. Your provider scrapes away tartar and plaque from above and below the gum line. They also smooth rough spots on your tooth root so your gums can reattach as they heal and seal up the pockets.

The team at Dental Frontiers & Associates often performs root scaling and planing treatments using a diode laser to enhance your treatment outcomes. Using a laser rather than traditional dental tools reduces post-procedure pain and swelling. 

Sometimes, Dr. Garza also prescribes systemic or localized antibiotics to help reduce inflammation associated with gum disease. 

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

You greatly reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease by maintaining good oral hygiene habits that include regular professional cleanings and at-home brushing and flossing. Eating a healthy diet low in sugar can further help you control plaque at home. 

If you have periodontal disease, you need to be diligent with your oral health care after your non-surgical periodontal treatment. You may require professional cleanings more than twice per year to ensure your plaque levels are under control. 

Dr. Garza and his staff also educate you on superior flossing and brushing techniques to make sure you remove plaque thoroughly. 

If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, call Dental Frontiers & Associates to set up an appointment or book one online today.