Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Beaumont, TX
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If you haven’t given gum disease much thought, it’s time for you to consider it -- for the sake of your oral health. It’s estimated that 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 are dealing with the condition. When left untreated, gum disease (also known as periodontitis) can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Keep reading to learn more about the condition, including its side effects, prevention and treatment.
Why Choose West End Dental Group for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- Antibiotic Therapy Available
- Dedicated to Routine Periodontal Maintenance
- Nitrous Oxide Available for Anxious Patients
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue, and it occurs in a series of stages. In the beginning, it’s known as gingivitis and can often be reversed with extra-vigilant oral hygiene. Left untreated, however, gum disease quickly escalates and leads to a number of more serious issues. Some of the most common symptoms are listed below.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Treat gum disease early to prevent the development of these side effects.
- Chronic bad breath
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Painful chewing
- Eventual tooth loss
These are just a few of the effects of gum disease. The condition has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke. The conclusion? Maintain your gum health for your general well-being.
Scaling & Root Planing
Prevention is easy, but if you’re one of the majority of Americans suffering from gum disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. We will evaluate the condition and recommend the best option to return your gums back to their optimal health. Most cases of gum disease are best treated with something we call scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is like a deep cleaning for your teeth and gums. It’s a non-surgical, two-pronged approach that thoroughly removes the plaque, tartar and bacteria that cause inflammation.
To perform the treatment, you’ll first have your teeth scaled -- a process that involves removing plaque and tartar from the tooth and just below the gumline. Then, root planing further decreases inflammation with a special tool that reaches far below the gumline to remove harmful material from the surface of the root.
Following your scaling and root planing treatment, we apply a small amount of antibiotics directly to the gum pockets that have formed in between your teeth. As these pockets soak up the antibiotics, they will promote healing of the gum tissue and reduce the risk of your gums becoming infected again in between your routine follow-up visits. We’ll make sure to pay close attention to these areas when you come back in order to confirm the therapy is working properly.
When you have advanced levels of gum disease, it becomes incredibly important to practice routine maintenance over a long period of time. Failing to do so only puts your gums at risk of becoming re-infected. That’s why we stay committed to scheduling routine follow-up appointments with our office. After all, periodontal therapy requires visits every three to four months in order to give the gums time to heal in between scaling and root planing.