The treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity and type of the infection it has caused. At Cornerstone Dental Associates in Crossroads, TX, our dentists and dental hygienists perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth for periodontal disease and advise upon the best applicable treatment services accordingly.
Periodontal disease progresses when the space between the gums and teeth gets filled with plaque, bacteria and tartar, leading to irritation of the nearby tissues. When these irritants stay in the pockets for a long time, they cause damage to the gum and eventually, to the bone supporting the teeth.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
If the disease is detected in its early stages (gingivitis), and no damage has been done, then it can be cured with one or two regular professional dental cleanings. Reoccurrence in such cases can be avoided by improving upon one’s oral hygiene habits and getting regular dental cleanings at our Crossroads, TX clinic.
Scaling And Root Planing
For advanced cases of gum disease, scaling and root planing is performed. Scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that is performed in a numbed mouth, one quadrant at a time. It involves the cleaning of periodontal pockets to remove toxins, plaque, and tartar. Root planing is then used to smoothen the rough spots on the surface of the roots. This procedure causes the periodontal pockets to shrink and aids healing of the gum tissue.
If scaling and root planing is not enough to help the pockets heal, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce the depths and make teeth cleaning easier.
Gum grafting procedures are used to treat gum recession caused by periodontal disease. Gum recession is characterized by an apparent increase in the tooth length and exposing of the tooth roots. This leads to an increase in tooth sensitivity and also weakens the tooth. Gum grafting surgery prevents further recession and helps in restoring the strength and function of the affected teeth.
Prevent and fight periodontal disease with state of the art treatment services at Cornerstone Dental Associates. Schedule your appointment at our clinic in Crossroads, TX by calling (940) 365-7665.