Periodontal therapy is the treatment of gum tissues that have developed an infection due to plaque and tartar deposits. It treats the gums, the periodontal ligament, and the tooth sockets as well. Periodontal disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar around the gum line. This buildup leads to inflammation of the gums and can destroy the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place. Failing to get periodontitis treated at the right time can lead to severe symptoms such as decayed gum tissues, loosening of teeth, and even tooth loss.

Dr. Engle is a native Arlington resident with over 30 years of experience in the dentistry field. He is experienced in providing preventive care to patients in a comfortable environment.

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Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This disease can range from simple gum inflammation to serious damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. In gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.

When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. With this condition, the infection causes the bone and tissue that hold the teeth in place to break down. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.


  • Red, swollen, and bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Teeth that are becoming loose or separating from your gum line
  • Receding gums
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Severe pain near the gums while chewing food, brushing the teeth, flossing, etc.
  • Exposure of the tooth roots to oral bacteria


We treat periodontitis by removing the accumulated plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and root surfaces. This is done through ultrasonic scaling and root planing. In most cases, it can be completed without the use of sedation, but in certain situations, we may administer local anesthesia. Removing these bacterial deposits helps the gum tissues heal better and arrests the spread of the infection.

The decayed gum tissues will be removed using a high-intensity laser, which is a great alternative to surgical removal. After this, we will place the antibiotic medication in the gum pockets, which will keep the infection from spreading and allow the gums to heal gradually.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Arlington Family Dental Care, call (817) 274-8439 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit Dentist in Arlington TX at 2621 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Arlington, TX 76015.