Periodontal therapy is the treatment of active gum disease caused by bacteria and inflammation. Bleeding and tenderness in the gums may be symptoms of periodontitis or gum disease in Waco, TX.
Other common symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums, gums that are redder than usual and receding gums. In the more advanced stage of periodontal disease your teeth may become loose. Without proper care gum disease may result in bone and tooth loss. Furthermore, untreated periodontitis has been linked to several serious health conditions, including stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, heart disease, respiratory conditions and pregnancy complications.
Appropriate treatment can slow or stop the progression of gum disease. Since there are different stages of gum disease (from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis), there are different levels of treatment. Our dentists offer non-surgical treatment of gum disease, which is highly effective for early to moderate periodontal problems. This therapy may include scaling and root planning (deep cleanings), antimicrobials, antibiotics and laser treatment. Advanced gum disease will often require more advanced surgical treatment. In these cases the patient may be referred to a specialist.
A non-surgical treatment, scaling and root planing is often the first procedure in the fight against gum disease. Scaling removes the bacterial plaque from above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths the tooth surfaces to encourage healthy tissue reattachment and protection against future infection.
Osseous surgery is the most aggressive treatment for advanced gum disease in [city, state]. It involves removing the diseased gum tissue and repairing the damaged bone to restore support to the teeth. This surgery also removes the bacteria and calculus trapped in the deep pockets between the teeth.
Once gum disease has been comprehensively treated, periodontal maintenance is recommended to ensure it does not return. This procedure is completed every 3-4 months and involves a deep cleaning of the teeth at and below the gumline to remove bacteria and plaque accumulation. These deep cleanings will replace your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.
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