About 47% of Americans age 30 and over have gum disease. If you’re one of them, periodontal treatment can prevent further infection, preserving your teeth and smile for years to come. At Dental Renaissance in Plano, Texas, Kari Blankenship, DDS, and Bhavita Patel, DMD, offer several types of periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Gum disease occurs due to a bacterial infection of your gum tissue. Gingivitis and periodontitis, the two main types of gum disease, are the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Whenever you eat or drink, plaque forms on the surface of your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, this thin film of bacteria continues to grow, injuring the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth.
As gum disease progresses, your teeth become loose and unstable. This can cause your teeth to fall out, or it may result in tooth decay and the need for an extraction.
In its early stages, gum disease doesn’t always present symptoms. As the infection gets worse, telltale signs include:
If you have gum disease, you might also experience bad breath that doesn’t go away even after you brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
If you have gum disease, bacteria and toxins can enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of heart disease and other chronic problems.
Gum disease treatment works to stop the infection from getting worse. This, in turn, can save your permanent teeth and prevent the need for extractions or other types of oral surgery.
Dental Renaissance offers several types of gum disease treatment, including:
Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for gum disease. It involves your Dental Renaissance provider carefully removing dental plaque from the surface of your teeth and below the gumline. Afterward, your provider smooths the roots of your teeth (planing) and removes any harmful bacteria. This allows your gums to reattach while lowering your risk of infection.
If you have a severe case of gum disease, you might benefit from antibiotic therapy. During this treatment, you take a round of prescription antibiotics.
Over a period of 3-4 months, the antibiotics fight infection and allow your gums to heal. Once this process occurs, you return to Dental Renaissance and your provider conducts an exam. If necessary, they might also recommend scaling and root planing.
Only a qualified oral health professional can determine the type of gum disease treatment that will most benefit you.
Following an oral exam, a review of your oral health history, and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment, your Dental Renaissance provider can develop a custom treatment plan.
To explore your gum disease treatment options, schedule an appointment at Dental Renaissance. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.