Austin Gum Disease Treatment
Austin’s Progressive Periodontal Treatments
Your mouth is the window to the health of your entire body – when something goes wrong in your mouth, it can affect your health and well-being. In fact, some of the most serious health issues today are affected, and sometimes caused, by gum disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth caused by bacterial biofilms (plaque) that accumulate under the gums. Because periodontal disease is usually painless, most people don’t even realize they have it. Every individual is different and each immune system reacts differently to the presence of these bacteria. Genetics, family history, hormonal changes, certain medications, smoking, obesity and systemic and immune system disorders are among the many factors that can increase anyone’s health risk.
How Periodontal Disease Can Affect Your Body
The first thing people usually consider when they think about gum disease is how it will affect their teeth – and gum disease can have serious affects, destroying the bone around the teeth and leading to tooth loss.
Though this is serious, periodontal disease can also have serious effects on your body. Because gum disease causes a systemic infection, it increases anyone’s risk for an astonishing list of problems such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory conditions
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Complications during pregnancy
- Certain types of cancers
- Joint replacement complications
Because you may never have any obvious or painful symptoms of gum disease, and since the American Dental Association estimates that 8 out of 10 adults will have some form of gum disease sometime in their life, we believe it is crucial to our patients’ health to keep up with hygiene visits and screenings.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Although there may be no noticeable signs of gum disease, if any of the following symptoms are present, please call us right away:
- Gums that bleed
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose or separating teeth
- Bite changes or discomfort when you chew or bite down
Advanced Periodontal Therapy Keeps Austin Healthy!
Just as with all of our treatment methods, gum disease treatment is completely individualized. We will most likely use a combination of therapies including ultrasonic scaling to comfortably and effectively remove buildup below the gumline. In some cases, a local or oral antibiotic may be necessary in killing bacteria and helping to heal gum tissue.
To establish your risk and develop a comparison baseline, we may recommend bacterial or genetic testing. These saliva tests help us to determine which varieties of gum disease-causing bacteria are present in your mouth and evaluate your genetics in order to determine the most effective form of treatment in healing your gums.
We’ll have your gums – and your whole body – on the path to health in no time!