Gum Disease Treatment

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

Gum disease is a very serious condition that can lead to a number of severe complications if left untreated, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, 47% of adults 30 years and older have some form of. At Smiles Family Dental in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas, the team of highly skilled dentists treats gum disease with the most advanced treatments available today. If you’re suffering from gum disease, don’t wait until your teeth fall out. Schedule an appointment with the friendly team of dentists at Smiles Family Dental today by calling the office or making an appointment online.

Gum Disease Treatment Q & A

How is gum disease prevented?

The best treatment for gum disease is to actually prevent it from ever developing. Because gum disease starts with plaque, which can be easily removed with at-home brushing and flossing, gum disease can be easily avoided with good oral hygiene.

If you have questions about proper at-home care, be sure to ask the dental experts at Smiles Family Dental at your regular checkups. They’re happy to discuss good oral hygiene habits with you and teach you how to properly brush and floss when you come in for your regular dental checkups.

How is early gum disease treated?

If your dentist at Smiles Family Dental catches your gum disease in its earlier stages, they might be able to reverse the progression of the disease with standard dental cleanings. Using professional dental tools, they’ll be able to remove the plaque from your teeth and the tartar beneath your gumline that can irritate and infect your gums.

A successful deep cleaning of the surfaces of your teeth — both above and below the gumline — will allow your gums to eventually get back to a healthy state, provided you keep up with regular brushing and flossing at home.

How is advanced gum disease treated?

Smiles Family Dental uses state-of-the-art laser technology, called the LANAP® protocol, to treat patients whose gum disease has progressed into the more advanced stages of periodontitis.

Advanced gum disease is traditionally treated with procedures that require cutting open your gums, removing the disease-causing bacteria from beneath the gumline, and reattaching your gums with stitches. These treatments result in extensive downtime, bleeding, and swelling of your gums, leading many patients to avoid treating their gum disease.

Using machines called the WaterLase® and the PerioLase® MVP-7, which look like a small water pick attached to a large computer tower, the doctors at Smiles Family Dental treat your gum disease without drills, scalpels, stitches, or sutures. The technology uses particular wavelengths of laser light to eradicate the bacteria on your teeth, reduce the inflammation of your gum tissue, and stimulate the regeneration of healthy gum tissue to reattach to your teeth.

Some of the advantages that laser dentistry and the LANAP protocol have over traditional gum disease treatments include:

  • Less pain
  • Less gum loss
  • Less bleeding
  • Less sensitivity
  • Minimal post-op downtime
  • Fewer post-op infections

To begin the process of treating your gum disease with laser dentistry, schedule an appointment today with the team at Smiles Family Dental by calling the office or using the easy online booking tool.