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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.

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Ronnie G.

Absolutely amazing staff. Takes the time to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Office is extremely clean and welcoming. Takes care of you as a person and client and not as just a number. Dr. Ellis is truly amazing!

Roderick D.

My experience at Smile Design Studio was a very nice and pleasant one. Everyone is very professional, courteous and approachable. Dr. Ellis is very knowledgeable, caring and makes you feel right at ease. Today was my first visit, but definitely not the last.

Chantelle B.

Thank you Dr. Ellis for your amazing service. Dr. Ellis really cares about her patients and she takes great care of you. Her staff is awesome from the front desk you feel welcomed and my experience was the same all the way through. I was SUPER afraid to have any dental work done but Dr. Ellis made me feel so much better. I would recommend Dr. Ellis to everyone! Thank you Dr. Ellis

Terence H.

Dr. Ellis and her staff are always very professional and create a pleasant dental experience. My entire family is under the care of Dr. Ellis and we appreciate the attention to detail that she provides so that we have healthy teeth and gums. I highly recommend her practice for your dental needs and a beautiful smile!