Revitalizing Periodontal Therapy in Dallas
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. Todd Brownlee 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.
Scaling & Root Planing
Although periodontal disease is technically incurable, it can be treated and managed properly with the support of an experienced dental team. Dr. Brownlee 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.
Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
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.
Oral DNA Testing
DNA testing isn’t just something that solves the latest case on CSI. We use oral DNA testing on a regular basis to help us detect, diagnose, and treat a variety of oral and systemic health concerns. Oral DNA looks at the types and numbers of different bacteria in the mouth. This is important because it allows us to more accurately diagnose oral health issues and provide personalized treatments. The test itself is quick. We simply take a swab from the inside of your mouth. Then, we send the test off to our lab.