Have you missed a few dental check-ups? If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist and you notice loose teeth, chronic bad breath, swelling or receding gums, you may have the early stages of gum disease. When caught in the early stages during a routine dental cleaning, gum disease, or periodontitis, can generally be reversed through proper oral hygiene. If left untreated, serious issues, including tooth loss, can occur.
Gum Disease and Periodontal Treatments
Commonly called gingivitis, gum disease is easy to treat through regular dental cleanings. This is one of the reasons we always recommend a dental cleaning and check-up every 6 months, and more often if you are restoring your dental health. To treat gingivitis in the early stages, our periodontist will thoroughly clean your mouth. For people who catch their gum disease early enough, their periodontal treatment usually consists of prophylaxis (deep cleaning), routine six-month cleanings, and a thorough at-home oral care routine.
Unfortunately, if patients don’t see a dentist for many years, they could have advanced periodontal disease. At this point, it is no longer a reversible condition. Our periodontist in Leander, TX will aggressively treat the disease using scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning treatment uses an anesthetic to numb the treatment areas. Then the experienced dentist will remove all the toxins, tartar, and plaque stored in the gum pockets. Your teeth surfaces are smoothed out during this procedure, removing uneven spots where bacteria can accumulate. For patients whose gum disease remains an issue even after this treatment, we recommend periodontal surgery.
Once you’ve been treated for gum disease with scaling and root planning, your gum pockets are left larger and it is easy to experience plaque and bacteria buildup in these areas once again. That’s why it’s important to come back to Renken Dentistry in Leander for regular periodontal maintenance, usually every 3 months. Routine cleanings won’t reach these deep gum pockets.
To prevent gum disease or reverse it in its early stages, regular dental cleanings every six months is crucial. If you need a periodontist in Leander, TX to treat your gum disease or provide ongoing maintenance, please call our office to make an appointment.