Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate understands that healthy gums are a crucial component of a beautiful smile, which is why he offers a range of periodontal treatments at his Houston, TX, practice. We can address the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease with a deep cleaning, or use innovative laser therapy to treat more advanced cases. Reach out to our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Slate and learn more.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Approximately half of the United States population has some form of gum disease, ranging from minimal gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Undergoing routine examinations and cleanings is one of the best defenses against gum disease, since they allow our team to diagnose the condition and provide immediate treatment. If we find that you are at-risk for periodontal disease, you should undergo more frequent examinations. You may have a form of periodontal disease if:
- Your gums are red, tender, or swollen
- You notice gum tissue pulling away from teeth
- Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
- You have pus along the gum line
- You have chronic bad breath
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an examination as soon as possible. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and a range of other oral health concerns. Furthermore, studies have shown that the condition may contribute to serious systemic health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
If we determine that you have a mild to moderate form of gum disease, we will typically recommend that you undergo a scaling and root planing procedure, also known as a deep cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Van Slate will carefully remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth both above and below the gum line and smooth any rough spots on your dental roots to prevent the buildup of bacteria. If you have developed any periodontal pockets, we can also treat these by administering ARESTIN®. This special antibiotic contains microspheres that slowly release minocycline hydrochloride over time to continually eliminate bacteria.
Using an innovative soft-tissue laser, Dr. Van Slate can eliminate bacteria, treat periodontal pockets, and reduce biofilm that has collected on teeth.
Laser Gum Therapy
Our practice is equipped with some of the most advanced dental technology available. Depending on your periodontal needs, we may recommend laser gum therapy. Using an innovative soft-tissue laser, Dr. Van Slate can eliminate bacteria, treat periodontal pockets, and reduce biofilm that has collected on teeth. The laser does not emit vibration, heat, or sound, so laser periodontal treatment involves minimal discomfort. When compared to traditional methods, using a laser is less invasive and more accurate. If we determine that you have a more severe form of gum disease, we can refer you to a specialist in the area.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Our range of periodontal treatments can help you achieve and maintain healthy gums. We can often address the early stages of gum disease with minimally invasive methods, before it has a chance to develop into a serious concern. To learn more about our periodontal services, contact a member of our friendly staff today.