Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Jacksonville, TX
Stop Gum Disease in its Tracks
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems in the world, and Dr. Lamond is certainly passionate about catching telltale signs of its presence as early as possible in his patients’ smiles. Dental Solutions of East Texas offers diagnostic periodontal screenings and dedicated therapy techniques that can help your smile get back on the right track, so don’t hesitate to call us here in Jacksonville, TX if you notice oral bleeding or other concerning symptoms.
Why Choose Dental Solutions of East Texas for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Technology
- Thorough Deep Cleanings For Effective Bacterial Removal
- Knowledgeable & Compassionate Staff
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease, is one of the most common forms of chronic disease, and it affects over half of adults in America today. If left untreated, what starts as a minor irritation in the mouth quickly develops into a more serious dental condition known as periodontal disease. Seek the care of your local dentist if you have one or more of the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen gum tissue that bleeds when brushing
- The formation of a dental abscess or pus around the gums
- Teeth that are loose or appear longer as gums recede from the teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity or pain in the mouth
- Chronic bad breath or a lasting bad taste in the mouth
Scaling & Root Planing
Patients who see their dentist regularly have a better chance of preventing, reducing, or even curing signs of gum disease before it has a chance to progress. However, in cases where gum disease advances into periodontitis, your regular dental cleaning and any brushing and flossing at home will not be enough to cure this painful, chronic condition. To prevent tooth loss, tooth decay and other symptoms of periodontitis, your dentist will use a treatment known as scaling and root planing to improve your oral health. The steps are as follows:
- The scaling and root planing process, also known as a “deep cleaning,” may begin with the application of a local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
- Once the patient feels comfortable, our hygienist will use a scaling instrument to carefully remove tough buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar (dental calculus) from the surfaces of the teeth.
- Next, dental planing involves reaching carefully just below the gum line to locate and remove agitating debris that may be causing your gum inflammation, toothache, or bleeding.
- Once complete, it is highly important to maintain a good dental hygiene routine at home. In some cases, your dentist may prescribe a dental medication or antibiotic to help in the healing process and reduce chances for reinfection.
Dental Health Affects Overall Health
Bleeding gums are NOT normal. If rinsing your mouth after brushing results in a pinkish color in the sink, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit. Gum disease can not only lead to more serious dental issues such as tooth inflammation, toothaches, or even tooth loss over time, but it is known to have a systemic relationship with your overall health as well. More dentists are beginning to link poor dental health and gum disease to certain health risks attached to cardiovascular health, strokes, Alzheimer’s, and various pregnancy issues. Maintaining your oral health plays a large role in the health of your entire body and is best supported with preventive care.