Periodontal disease can be a very serious matter that may lead you to lose your teeth. Here at South Austin Dental, we will help diagnose the condition and treat it accordingly.
Periodontal disease is caused by food that sticks in between your teeth, which then produces bacteria. This layer of food debris and bacteria is called plaque. If the plaque is not removed in time, it turns into calculus. Calculus is not good for your teeth and gums as it causes damage to them over time. If you think you are suffering from Periodontal disease, then you should deal with it ASAP. The good news is that our expert team are on hand to help.
Our expert dentist is here to give you an efficient periodontal examination. It tests all the characteristics that cause periodontal disease to find out whether you are suffering or not.
First, the spacing between your teeth and gums is measured using a periodontal probe. Our dentists gently do this without causing any pain. This helps determine whether the sulcus is healthy or not.
A bleeding gum is a symptom of periodontal disease. Our dentists will examine any bleeding and determine the cause.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease. The plaque starts to irritate the gums and teeth. This is the first stage, so the gums may or may not bleed.
Periodontitis is the stage where the gums start to move back from the teeth. The plaque turns into calculus. The calculus starts to get to be filled in the spaces left by the gums (Sulcus). The gums start to bleed.
This is a serious condition of periodontal disease, as the teeth lose support from the gums and the supporting bones. It leads to the loss of teeth if not treated.
How do we treat periodontal disease?
Our expert dentists treat the patient according to the situation. Different patients undergo different stages of the disease. The treatment varies from one stage to the other.
If the disease has been detected in the first stage, our dental hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth. They may recommend you one or a few more cleanings according to the amount of plaque found.
Scaling and Root Planning
Scaling and root planning are special types of periodontal cleanings. Scaling is used to remove calculus from the gums precisely while the roots of the teeth are made smooth using the planning method. Our dentists do this one quadrant of the mouth at a time to get the best results.
Periodontal surgery is the treatment method used for the patient’s suffering from advanced periodontitis. This is recommended if the scaling and root cleaning methods fail to eliminate the calculus.
Our team is ready and willing to answer any question that you might have. Contact South Austin Dental at (512) 441-8922 so that we can help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.