Gum Disease Treatment – Houston, TX
Healthy Hygiene, Healthy Heart
Even though cavities get a lot of attention in dentistry, it’s actually gum disease that is the most common oral health problem in the world. The CDC estimates that roughly 50% of U.S. adults currently have a form of gum disease right this second! Plus, this condition is connected with overall health problems like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and respiratory issues. We take gum disease very seriously, and if a patient has it, we’re able to offer immediate gum disease treatment in Houston to protect both their smile and body before it can do any real damage.
Why Choose Terri Alani, DDS for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Offers Localized Antibiotic Therapy
- Fast & Comfortable Laser Treatment
- Painless Deep Cleanings
What Is Gum Disease?
Another name for gum disease is periodontal disease, and it is an infection that harms the structures that support the teeth, namely the gums and the underlying bone. At first, the symptoms are minor and involve things light red, puffy, and sensitive gums that bleed easily. But over time, it can eventually lead to pockets of bacteria forming, severe pain, loose teeth, gingivitus, and ultimately, tooth loss.
How We Deal with Gum Disease
We’ll examine your gums each time you come to see us, and if we see signs of the infection, we can handle it a few different ways depending on how advanced it is. Minor cases can usually be handled with diligent brushing and flossing at home. We can also perform scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning that helps remove the plaque that holds the bacteria which causes gum disease. Or, if it has progressed enough, we may recommend laser therapy, in which we use a beam of light to remove harmful bacteria, plaque, and diseased tissue quickly and painlessly.
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Our diode laser allows Dr. Alani to painlessly eliminate bacteria from deep below the gum line in order to target the root source of gum disease. This procedure can also be used to remove diseased tissue, all without having to numb the patient because the instrument is so gentle. The gums are sterilized thanks to the concentrated light energy, so post-treatment bleeding and swelling are reduced to practically zero.