Gum Disease Treatment – Alice, TX
Protect Your Gums and Your Smile
The gums, ligaments, and bone tissue form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us, so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe, it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem. Keep reading to learn more about your options for gum disease treatment in Alice, TX.
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Scaling & Root Planing
To keep gum disease from spreading further, we need to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated beneath your gums. To do this, we perform a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing. Scaling is the step when plaque and tartar are actually removed. Meanwhile, root planing is done to smooth out the roots of the teeth. Bacteria have a harder time clinging to smooth surfaces, so this step is important for helping the teeth safely reattach to the gums.
Gum disease can’t be cured with a single treatment. It’s a condition that needs to be treated regularly so that it doesn’t have a chance to grow worse. As such, regular dental cleanings every six months will no longer be enough; you’ll need to start visiting our dental office every three to four months for periodontal maintenance. During these visits, we’ll perform scaling and root planing, and we’ll keep an eye on the depth of the pockets in your gums.