Frighteningly enough, nearly half of all adults in the United States have some form of gum disease, yet many don’t even realize it. Letting gum disease go undetected for too long can put your smile at risk because of the damage that the infection can do to the tissues that anchor your teeth in place. Our team at Temple Choice Dental can identify the warning signs of gum disease during a routine examination. If we do, we can develop a treatment plan depending on how advanced the case is and what needs to be done to protect your mouth. Learn more about options for periodontal disease treatment in Temple, TX.
Also collectively known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing are generally recommended for any instance of gum disease that’s beyond the point of being fixed with improved oral hygiene. The scaling process simply involves removing bacteria from the teeth and gums, particularly around the gum line where it’s hard to clean. Afterward, we perform root planing to smooth out the roots of the teeth, removing the rough patches where bacteria can easily build up.
Gum disease can cause the tissues protecting the roots of your teeth to recede, exposing them to bacteria and leaving them more sensitive to temperature. We can reverse this type of damage without the use of scalpels or sutures thanks to the Chao pinhole technique. We simply make a small hole in the gum tissue and use a special instrument to loosen it before gently pulling it back into place, giving the teeth the proper amount of coverage once again.
Even after a thorough deep cleaning, there may be some bacteria hiding in spaces inside your mouth that cannot be easily reached. Antibiotic therapy is often prescribed alongside other treatments for gum disease in order to continue reducing oral bacteria levels so that the gums have a chance to recover. There are a few different forms of antibiotic therapy that might be employed depending on your unique situation; we’ll discuss the particulars with you during your appointment.
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