More than 64 million Americans have periodontal disease, also called gum disease. When left untreated, periodontal disease increases your risk of tooth loss. Focused on preventive dental care, Leila Rad, DMD, at Dentique in Austin, Texas, specializes in periodontal treatment and can develop a plan to improve gum health and reduce your risk of more serious oral health complications. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office by phone or online today.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection that develops in the tissue responsible for holding your teeth in place. You may be at risk of developing periodontal disease if you don’t maintain good oral hygiene practices at home, like daily brushing and flossing, or you skip your regular dental exams and cleanings.
Your mouth contains bacteria, which continuously creates a sticky substance called plaque. Regular brushing and flossing remove the plaque from your teeth. However, if not removed, the sticky plaque hardens into tartar and traps bacteria along your gum line and under your gums, which leads to the infection.
You can’t remove tartar with brushing and flossing, which is why regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for maintaining good oral health.
Periodontal disease symptoms vary based on the severity of the infection. During the early stages of your gum disease, referred to as gingivitis, you may notice gum swelling and inflammation. As the infection progresses, you develop a more serious form of periodontal disease called periodontitis, which causes the gums to pull away from your teeth and increases the risk of tooth loss.
Other symptoms of periodontal disease include:
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Dentique to schedule an evaluation and discussion of your periodontal treatment options.
Periodontal treatment refers to the various methods Dr. Rad uses to treat your gum disease. Treatment options may include:
Scaling is a dental treatment that removes the hardened tartar from your teeth and gums. Dr. Rad may use special dental tools, a laser, or an ultrasonic device to perform your scaling.
Root planing is a deep cleaning of your tooth root. During the treatment, Dr. Rad smooths the surface of your tooth root and removes any remaining bacteria to reduce the risk of inflammation.
If you have severe periodontal disease, your periodontal treatment plan may include both scaling and root planing. Dr. Rad may also prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the bacterial infection.
If non-surgical dental treatments fail to improve your periodontal disease or your disease is severe, you may need surgical intervention, such as flap surgery, gum grafting, or bone grafting.
In addition to periodontal treatment, Dr. Rad also provides guidance for how to take care of your teeth at home to improve overall oral health and prevent further gum damage.
To learn more about periodontal treatment and how it can improve your oral health, contact Dentique by phone or online today.