In a recent entry, we talked about the bacterial activity inside everyone’s mouth, including the causes and effects of that activity. It’s something we all live with and should address daily through good dental hygiene. Following the steps outlined in the entry should help prevent not only plaque buildup, but also damage to your gums and mouth from gingivitis and, more importantly, advanced gum disease known as periodontitis.But what happens if you do reach a stage and contract periodontal disease? To start with, it’s not the end of the world and can actually be treated with non-surgical procedures to help restore your gums and mouth back to a healthy condition.
First, let’s start with what periodontitis is and what it can lead to. Periodontitis is an advanced stage gum infection that attacks the soft tissue around your teeth and the bone below that tissue. Left untreated, it can result in teeth loss and, in extreme cases, other health problems like respiratory issues, coronary problems, and sometimes stroke. All of this is caused by the bacteria in your gums traveling through your bloodstream to other parts of your body.
But the most common problem with periodontitis is the loss of teeth when the soft tissue is damaged to the point it can no longer hold onto the tooth or the bone is damaged supporting the tooth and tissue. The causes are the same as gingivitis, but in a more advanced stage. So, by practicing daily dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can help you prevent periodontitis.
Should you develop the condition, typically diagnosed by bad breath, tender or swollen gums, or a bad taste in your mouth, make an appointment immediately with the dentist to find out what the cause might be. Once diagnosed, the dentist can recommend a treatment plan and can begin to help restore your mouth back to a healthy state.
Here at our practice we offer periodontal therapy to help restore your dental health without surgery or invasive procedures. Starting with an evaluation, we then look at different options such as scaling and root planing to help remove the harmful tartar and bacteria. If needed, we can also prescribe antibiotics to help combat the bacteria to avoid further complications.
Finally, we follow up with therapy evaluation and maintenance to make sure your treatments are the most effective to curb the disease. While surgery is rarely needed, we’ll consult with you about whether the disease has progressed to the point surgery is necessary and give you the best advice around.
Everyone should enjoy a healthy and happy smile and we want to do the best to help you maintain that smile. Feel free to talk with us anytime about any issues you might have with your teeth, gums, or mouth. That’s why we’re Austin’s premier dental provider.