Treatment for Gum Disease
According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of every 2 American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease or gum disease. It has many stages and should be taken very seriously. Neglecting gum disease treatment can not only destroy your smile, but it can compromise your overall health. Gum disease has been linked to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even premature births. As your dentists in Austin, our exceptionally skilled dental professionals will treat gum disease with the latest most proven technology to give your smile the best chance for gum disease recovery.
Symptoms of gum disease
We at Enamel Dentistry always monitor gum health during our routine dental exams. We value the importance of educating our patients on recognizing gum disease symptoms so they can seek treatment immediately. Treating gum disease at its earliest stage is crucial to the success of your treatment. Please contact our practice if you notice any of the following signs of gum disease:
- Chronic bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
Causes of gum disease
Gum disease typically begins as a result of poor oral hygiene. Plaque that is not properly brushed or flossed away will begin to harden on the teeth and below the gum line. Unfortunately, this puts your gums at high risk for infection. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis that will manifest as red, puffy gums. Gingivitis can quickly advance to severe periodontitis if left untreated. Progressing gum disease causes the gums to pull away from the teeth as well as bone deterioration. Tooth loss and jawbone damage can result.
As your dentist in Austin, we are proud to offer a full array of cosmetic dental services, but we never overlook the importance of your teeth and gum health. With our expertise in periodontal therapy, we can save your smile and your general health from the serious consequences of gum disease.
Initial Periodontal Therapy
During your initial visit if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we will recommend scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) as initial therapy. We will start by numbing the gums and teeth with local anesthesia so that you are comfortable during the procedure. Then we use state of the art ultrasonic scalers to remove the bacteria and hardened plaque that reside deep in the gums. Once all the plaque is removed, we may recommend placing antibiotics in the gums depending on the severity of the gum disease. Antibiotic therapy is proven to help regain the health of your gums.
Periodontal reassessment and maintenance
3 months after your initial periodontal therapy, we will reassess your gum health. We expect to see marked improvement when probing the gums including less bleeding, inflammation, and plaque build up. If problem areas exist, we will numb the gums and scale the areas thoroughly again.
As your dentist in Austin, we emphasize the importance of proper brushing and flossing; motivating our patients is a critical component of our gum disease therapy. Without proper home care, all of the in office therapy will be ineffective. We will provide you with the tools you will need to successfully care for your gums and teeth such as prescription toothpaste, prescription mouth wash, super floss, and directions on use of the products. At Enamel Dentistry, we will always be available if you need us to help prevent/treat gum disease not only to ensure a healthy smile, but also a healthy lifestyle.