Did you know there’s another threat to your oral health other than tooth decay? Your gums are equally important as that of your teeth. The biggest issue to affect the health of your gums is a preventable infection called periodontal (gum disease). Although it’s avoidable, it’s estimated as least 50% of adults have a form of it. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss. Thankfully, we can save your smile with gum disease therapy in Denton. In most cases, we recommend scaling and root planing to stop the infection in its tracks!
Gum disease can be treated easily during the earliest stage, called gingivitis. At this point, your gums may appear red or swollen. They may even bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. This is the result of bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line. If the accumulation isn’t removed, it will cause the infection to spread.
Over time, gum disease can destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, causing irreversible damage, like tooth loss. The bacteria the infection can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health issues, like heart attack and diabetic complications.
To remove the buildup, your dentist in Denton will recommend scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning consists of two parts. The first phase of the treatment is called scaling, which uses a special dental tool to remove hardened plaque above the gum line and down to the bottom of the gingival pockets. After the pockets are cleaned, the root planing portion of the treatment occurs.
A special dental instrument is used to smooth the roots of your teeth. This discourages future buildup while also allowing the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth. Depending on the severity of the tartar accumulation, you may need more than one appointment.
It’s normal to have some slight pain or tenderness for a few days after the treatment. Your teeth may even be a bit sensitive. It’s not unusual for your gums to be swollen or bleed. While your tissue heals, it’s essential you are proactive about infection control. We’ll explain how to best care for your teeth when brushing and flossing. We may prescribe an antibiotic or a special mouthrinse while you heal.
You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage any discomfort. Within 1 to 2 weeks, your gum tissue will be healed; and any pain or tenderness will subside. It’s best to avoid any spicy, overly hot, or sharp foods until after you’ve healed.
You may need more frequent cleanings and checkups to ensure your gums stay healthy. We provide you with a customized treatment plan to stop the infection from spreading. If you have bleeding gums in Denton, don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.