Gum Disease Treatment – Fort Worth, TX

Where Bleeding Gums Can Be Addressed

Gum disease treatment in Fort Worth is a common form of care provided by our team at Distinguished Dental. Dr. McIntosh understands the harm and potential damage bleeding and inflamed gum tissue can cause to a person’s well-being, which is why she works diligently to eliminate bad bacteria and restore gum health as quickly as possible. If you are worried that your smile and overall health might be affected by gum disease, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Distinguished Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?

  • Effective Scaling & Root Planing Used to Improve Gum Health
  • Personalized Treatment Plan to Meet Patients’ Needs
  • Antibiotic Therapy to Encourage Proper Healing

What Causes Gum Disease?

Close up of person pointing to red spot in their gums before gum disease treatment

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is caused by an accumulation of bacteria and plaque along the gumline, resulting in inflammation. As your sensitive gum tissue becomes infected, the fibers bonding your gums to your teeth will break down, creating pockets between them. Over time, bacteria can get inside these pockets, resulting in bone loss. Regular home care and dental cleanings will help you prevent this accumulation from occurring, lowering your risk of developing gum disease.

Gum Disease and Your Overall Health

Illustrated dental mirror zooming into mouth showing green bacteria

The effects of gum disease aren’t limited to just your oral health. Studies have shown that gum disease can also have an impact on your overall well-being. A range of health problems have been connected with poor gum health, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Pre-term birth or low birth weight

Gum disease increases your risk for these conditions by giving bacteria and plaque a way into the bloodstream via the pockets that form between the teeth and gums. Treating gum disease early will prevent bacteria and plaque from increasing your risk of these conditions. We offer the following gum disease treatment methods:

Scaling & Root Planing

Illustrated dental scaler clearing plaque buildup from teeth

To remove existing oral bacteria and create a healthier environment for your gums, we must perform scaling and root planing. Through the removal of plaque and tartar from above the gumline as well as below, we’ll also smooth the tooth roots so that not only will gum tissues reattach to teeth (eliminating gum pockets), but the chances of reinfection are significantly reduced.

Antibiotic Therapy

Dentist drawing syringe from vial with white liquid

Antibiotic therapy is commonly used in conjunction with scaling and root planing. As a highly effective method of eliminating small pockets of bacteria that cannot be reached otherwise, the medication is applied following treatment. Within weeks, it will disperse and begin to target these areas to encourage effective healing.