Gum Disease Treatment in
Gum disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans. Left untreated, it can cause serious damage to your gums, teeth and jaw, leading to tooth loss. For gum disease treatment in Austin, we have you covered.
At BridgeView Dental, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive gum disease treatment to our patients in Austin and the surrounding areas. Depending on your case, our dentist will work with you to find a periodontal treatment plan to restore your dental health and get your smiling again.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease, known as gingivitis, is a common condition that affects nearly half of Americans over the age of 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gum disease occurs due to plaque build-up resulting from poor oral hygiene. Family history, smoking and chronic illnesses such as diabetes can also cause gum disease. Bacteria from the built-up plaque causes infections in your gum tissue, leading to red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath and tooth sensitivity.
If left untreated, gingivitis can quickly progress into a serious condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis attacks your gum tissue, tooth roots and jaw bone. The infection causes your gums to recede, which can expose your tooth roots to decay as they loosen from your gumline and eventually fall out.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, schedule an appointment today to work with our dentist and design a treatment plan for your needs.
What Are the Treatments?
Gum disease can be easily treated with good oral hygiene habits and a professional cleaning at our dentist’s office. If gum disease has advanced to periodontitis, we offer a variety of periodontal services, including:
Scaling and Root Planing
A deep cleaning that scrapes the plaque from your teeth and root surfaces, as well as smooths the tooth root to prevent bacteria from adhering to it in the future.
A surgical procedure to trim away the diseased gum tissue and reattach the remaining healthy gums to your teeth roots.
This is a non-surgical alternative to gingivectomy removes diseased gum tissue using a laser rather than a scalpel, making the recovery and healing period shorter.
Root Surface Debridement
A special deep cleaning procedure that uses an ultrasonic tool to remove the plaque from above and below the gumline.
A surgical procedure performed by our dentist to clean out infection-causing bacteria from the periodontal pocket (the gap between the receded gum tissue and exposed tooth root) and reattach the healthy gum to the tooth root.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Our dentist recommends scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to maintain your overall dental health and check for signs of gum disease. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as instructed by our staff to reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
For gum disease treatment in Austin, call our office at (512) 347-8299 today. Schedule an appointment with our friendly and caring team to get you the care you need. Be sure to ask about our flexible financing options and in-house savings plan.