Do you suffer from red, inflamed, uncomfortable gums? You may have an extremely common disease known as gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Luckily, Antoine Dental Center can help! We offer periodontal treatment for patients suffering from gingivitis or gum disease.


Gum disease is an extremely common condition, in fact, over 64,000,000 Americans currently suffer from it! Although it is common, it is actually easily preventable through proper dental care and routine professional dental treatments. More often than not, gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene and can eventually lead to tooth loss.


Scaling and root planning requires using specialized instruments to reach the depths of periodontal pockets and scrape away the accumulated plaque. While scraping tools are commonly used during the cleaning step of routine check-ups, those applications normally do not involve addressing the areas under the gums as deep cleaning does. With the periodontal pockets cleared of plaque and bacteria, the teeth and gums can more easily be maintained with routine practices so that full gum health can return.


At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, the deep cleaning treatment involves clearing plaque and bacteria out of the periodontal pockets, which develop along the teeth as gum disease worsens. At this stage, simple brushing and flossing are not able to clear the food and bacteria collected at the gum line, which makes scaling and root planing essential for recovery.Either a manual scaling tool or an ultrasonic scaler is used for scaling and root planing. A manual scaling tool requires scraping along all areas of the tooth enamel to remove the plaque there, but an ultrasonic scaler clears the plaque away through tiny, high-frequency vibrations. The two methods can also be combined to remove the largest amount of plaque possible. 

What is periodontal disease and what can I do about it?

Periodontal disease is a significant infection of your gums and the underlying supportive bone structure. Periodontal disease must be treated as soon as possible because it can cause jaw bone and tooth loss. Periodontal disease that is not treated will increase your risk of various conditions, including stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease and even prostate cancer.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Shifting teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • High tooth sensitivity
  • Painful chewing
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that are tender to the touch

Periodontal disease will need to be treated professionally; these treatments will vary depending on how advanced the periodontal disease has gone. 

Want to get your periodontal gum disease under control! Contact our Houston dental clinic today! Call us at 713-497-1499 and we’d be happy to schedule an appointment to begin your periodontal treatment.

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