Periodontal Disease Prevention and Treatment
Does the idea of spending less money on dentistry appeal to you? Would you like to minimize your dental appointments so that you only need to see us every six months for exams and cleanings?
Preventive dentistry lays the groundwork for healthy teeth and gums and is much simpler than you might think. We’re talking about basic, foundational dental care like teeth cleanings and examinations with your Austin, TX dentist. These appointments require only a small investment of your time and money, but you’ll reap great long-term rewards in the form of a problem-free smile.
Conditions like cavities and gum disease that we find during these appointments can be addressed right away before they spread and become complicated and costly to treat.
Comprehensive Dental Exams in South Austin, TX
We recommend dental exams at least twice a year, spaced six months apart. Our dentists want to help you avoid the discomfort of unexpected dental problems, so they will check your teeth for cavities and wear and look for signs of periodontal disease like bleeding or swollen gums.
They also use technology like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so you can participate in your oral health care and see the same thing your dentist sees.
Teeth Cleanings with a Skilled Hygienist
You must back up your at-home oral hygiene efforts with professional teeth cleanings at our South Austin dental office every six months or as recommended. Our gentle, skilled hygienists use specialized instruments to clear plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth that brushing and flossing alone will miss.
If we detect problems that we need to address, we’ll explain your treatment options and recommend those that we believe are the most beneficial. But we never push our patients into treatment, and you always have the final say in how or if we proceed.
Gum Disease Treatment for Gingivitis
Bleeding, tender, puffy, or red gums are the signs and symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease. There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis, which is reversible, and periodontitis which is irreversible. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks your gums and jawbones. If left untreated, it is damaging to your oral health but can also affect your overall health and wellness.
During treatment for gingivitis, your South Austin dental hygienist cleans your teeth thoroughly, above and below the gum line, and provides tips for improving your oral hygiene at home.
If you have gum disease, and we don’t see you for cleanings every six months, it can develop into periodontitis, which is the advanced form of gum disease. We must treat this promptly, as periodontitis can do long-term, irreversible damage to your gums and the bone that supports your teeth.
Deep Cleanings for Advanced Gum Disease
Treatment for periodontitis involves a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Your dental hygienist ‘scales’ all the surfaces of your teeth to clean them, and then ‘planes’ the root surface of your teeth to smooth them. Planing eliminates rough spots where bacteria can develop and also helps promote the reattachment of your gums to your teeth.
Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning
Whether you’re due or overdue for your next dental exam and teeth cleaning, call our Austin, TX dental office to schedule an appointment so we can get you caught up with your oral health care.