Gum Disease Therapy – Austin, TX
Scaling and Root Planing Can Save Your Smile
Your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth. The biggest threat to the gingival tissue is a preventable infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Although it can be avoided, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have it. If the infection is not stopped quickly, it destroys the supporting structures for your teeth. Over time, it can lead to tooth loss while also impacting your general health. Dr. Candace Bruno has the solutions you need to save your smile with gum disease treatment in North Austin.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that develops in the gingival tissue from bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations. As the gums become red and inflamed, it causes pockets to form between the teeth and tissue. This traps more bacteria, making the infection intensify to deteriorate the supporting structures for the teeth. Not only can this cause tooth loss, but the bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, leading to several health concerns, like cardiovascular disease.
It is best to get treatment from your dentist in North Austin right away at the first sign of a problem, such as:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums.
- Gum recession.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Pus near the roots of the teeth.
- Tooth sensitivity.
- Loose teeth.
Treating Gum Disease
Dr. Bruno can stop the spread of the infection and restore your oral health with scaling and root planing. Also known as a deep cleaning, it is a nonsurgical procedure used to remove bacteria and tartar from the gum line. Dr. Bruno recommends the treatment for those who have gingival pocket depths of 4mm or more.
A local anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The scaling portion of the treatment uses a special dental tool to remove plaque, bacteria, and tartar from the root surfaces of your teeth. After the pockets are cleaned, root planing smooths the surfaces of the roots to prevent future buildup. This also allows the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth.
After your treatment, it is normal to have some slight tenderness or swelling for a few days, but it will dissipate quickly. While you heal, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene and avoid anything that may irritate the gum tissue.
Protect Your Smile
To keep the infection under control, you may need periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 to 4 months. Dr. Bruno creates a treatment plan that meets your needs to help keep your smile healthy. Besides regular care from your dentist, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene at home:
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and tartar control toothpaste.
- Floss between each tooth before going to bed.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco.
- Do not drink alcohol in excess.
- Use an antimicrobial or antibacterial mouthrinse.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Do not let gum disease hurt your smile. Contact Bruno Dental today to schedule your consultation for gum disease therapy.