Gum Disease Treatment
When tartar and bacteria accumulate on teeth, gum disease can occur. Gum disease starts as an infection of the gum tissue and can lead to serious issues. They may include tooth loss and a higher risk for health conditions like strokes and type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or gum disease, there are effective general dentistry treatments available at Smile Design Studios in Missouri City.
It is estimated that almost 50% of adults over 30 years of age will experience some level of gum or periodontal disease. Some of the common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Tender or painful gums
- Bad breath
This can occur when tartar buildup is left on the teeth. To treat gum disease, tartar, plaque and bacteria need to be removed to help stop the infection.
Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease
A deep cleaning is a specific procedure performed by your dental hygienist to treat gum and periodontal disease. It’s often completed because a person has not had regular professional cleaning appointments every six months, resulting in gingivitis or gum disease.
Deep cleaning is also known in the dental world as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. The dental hygienist can perform scaling and root planing using either ultrasonic instruments or manual scaling tools.
The other part of deep cleaning is root planing. The dental hygienist will use a scaling instrument to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the roots of your teeth. A scaling and root planing procedure will require a minimum of two visits. A follow-up visit may be necessary to confirm that your gums and teeth are getting healthier.
If you want to protect your smile, it is important to seek treatment if you have symptoms of gum disease. Contact Smile Design Studios to schedule a dental exam to determine the best treatment plan to protect the health of your gums and teeth.