Periodontal Disease Treatment
At Elgin Family Dental, we are committed to helping you and your family enjoy excellent oral health. Preventive treatments like exams and dental cleanings are the best way to achieve this goal. When we monitor your oral health on an ongoing basis, we can help you avoid developing damaging dental conditions like periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease or gingivitis, is an infection that affects your gums, jaw bone, and connective tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that isn’t removed with adequate brushing or flossing
If plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, it eventually turns into a hard substance called tartar. Tartar clings to your teeth and, no matter how well you brush, you can’t remove it with at-home oral hygiene alone. Only a trained dental hygienist using specialized instruments can thoroughly clean all surfaces of your teeth.
Fortunately, you can minimize the risk of ever developing gum disease by following a conscientious routine of at-home oral hygiene and routine visits to your Elgin family dentist for cleanings and exams.
The Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease has become a widespread problem that affects nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty. Some warning signs that may indicate gum disease is present are:
- Red, swollen, or puffy gums
- Bleeding gums when you brush
- Pain or sensitivity when you chew
- Receding gum tissue
- Tooth movement
The Importance of Controlling Gum Disease
Preventing and treating gum disease is not just good for your oral health; numerous studies indicate a link between chronic inflammation in your mouth and your overall health. The gum inflammation can also affect the bloodstream and increase your risk for health complications such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Certain cancers
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
Gum Disease Treatment
Treatment for gum disease improves your oral health and supports optimum overall health. The best way to ensure your family’s excellent oral health is by making and keeping regularly scheduled appointments at our Elgin, TX dental office, including dental exams and professional cleanings with our hygienist.
The treatment approach we use depends on your level of gum disease.
If you aren’t diligent about oral hygiene, you may develop gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. Typically, all that’s needed to resolve gingivitis is a thorough professional cleaning and a review of correct brushing and flossing habits.
However, without treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. This is the most severe form of gum disease and attacks your gums and the supporting structures of your teeth including your jaw bone.
Periodontitis requires a deep cleaning treatment to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline to ensure that the infection is gone. Next, your hygienist smooths the root surfaces of your teeth which eliminates spots where bacteria can collect and allows the gums to reattach more easily after treatment. After SRP, we will also apply an antibiotic treatment called Arestin to the periodontal pockets to promote healing.
Convenient, Comfortable Care
We continually work on the relationships we build with our patients and try to show you every day how much we appreciate you. You can count on Dr. Scott and Dr. Carl to deliver the treatments you need and never judge or lecture you about your past oral health habits.
Please call us at (512) 285-3322 to arrange an appointment or use our convenient online contact form.