Periodontal Care

Danny Chirla, DDS

General Dentist located in Houston, TX

Consider periodontal care if you are an adult living with gum disease. At The Vintage Dental Studio in Houston, Texas, dentist Danny Chirla DDS, MPH, uses periodontics to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. Dr. Chirla's knowledge and expertise prevent the problem from worsening and ensure optimal oral health. Call the office today to schedule a periodontal consultation, or book your appointment online.

Periodontal Care Q&A

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Periodontal Care Q & A

What types of problems does periodontics treat?

Dr. Chirla uses periodontics to treat both types of gum disease, including: Gingivitis

Gingivitis occurs when plaque –– a mixture of saliva, food particles, and bacteria –– collects on your teeth and beneath your gums. Plaque irritates your gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed and pull away (recede) from your teeth.


Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. It’s a more serious infection that extends to the periodontal ligament (a band of tissue that anchors your teeth to your jaw). Without intervention, periodontitis can result in bone and tooth loss.

Who should consider periodontics?

Consider periodontics at The Vintage Dental Studio if you have any of the following symptoms:

-Red or purplish gums
-Loose teeth
-Bad breath
-Gum recession
-Pain when chewing

As gum disease worsens, your teeth might not fit together as well as they used to.

How is gum disease diagnosed?

Dr. Chirla asks about your symptoms and completes an oral exam, checking your gums for swelling, discoloration, and bleeding. He then uses a tool called a periodontal probe to measure the pockets around your teeth. The larger your pockets, the more severe your gum disease. Next, Dr. Chirla orders digital X-rays to look at your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar (the bone that anchors your upper teeth). X-ray images show bone loss in detail and guide treatment.

What does periodontics involve?

Dr. Chirla offers various periodontal treatments.
He might suggest:

Scaling and root planing

Mild and moderate gum disease often improves with scaling and root planing. During this procedure, Dr. Chirla removes plaque buildup from your teeth and beneath your gums. He then smooths out the surfaces of your teeth, allowing your gums to reattach.

Antibiotic therapy

Dr. Chirla prescribes antibiotic therapy if you have a more serious infection like periodontitis. During treatment, Dr. Chirla implants small antibiotic beads beneath your gum tissue. The beads dissolve slowly, eradicating harmful bacteria beneath your gum line.

Gum flap surgery

Dr. Chirla recommends gum flap surgery if you have severe gum recession. During this procedure, he removes a small flap of tissue from the roof of your mouth and stitches it over your receding gums. The new skin fuses with your gums after placement, restoring your gum line and reducing the risk of tooth loss.

Call The Vintage Dental Studio today to schedule periodontics, or book your appointment online.

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