Periodontal Care Advanced/Non-Surgical
Gum disease affects millions of Americans, and can be the cause of serious risks to your health if left untreated. In addition to major dental problems that can result from gum disease, it may also elevate the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other severe conditions. Our dentist, Dr. Mark Sweeney, and his experienced team offer a comprehensive range of treatment options that can prevent gum disease from getting worse and give the gums a healthier appearance. Austin Dental Spa is equipped with the latest dentistry technologies to aid our dentists in evaluating gum disease and providing you with precise, effective treatment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is typically caused by harmful bacteria invading the gums. This bacteria results from plaque that has built up along the teeth and gums. Even with regular brushing and flossing, small bits of plaque can still find its way into the gums and cause gingivitis, the least dangerous form of gum disease. Most people will be affected by gingivitis at some point, and early treatment is often effective at stopping it from getting worse. However, if treatment is not performed in the early stages of gingivitis, more serious gum disease can result, and that, in turn, can lead to overall health problems. This makes it vitally important to not only have routine dental checkups and teeth cleanings, but also to be aware of the symptoms of gum disease. Some of these symptoms include:
- Inflamed, red gums
- Pain or discomfort along the gumline
- Gums that easily bleed
- Spaces forming between the teeth
- Teeth that feel loose
- Tooth loss
There is no cure for gum disease; however, there are very effective treatments to stop it from causing more damage and relieve the symptoms. Our practice offers advanced techniques to help you address this very common condition.
What is Biofilm?
Biofilm forms when bacteria adheres to surfaces, usually in a wet environment, and begin to excrete a sticky, glue-like substance that sticks to any surface, allowing more and more bacteria to adhere and organize into “colonies.” More common examples include clogged drains, clogged arteries, and the slimy film on your bathtub. In the human mouth, these biofilms form on the teeth surfaces and oral appliances like dentures, mouthguards, or orthodontic braces and retainers, creating a sticky yellow substance called “dental plaque.” In sufficient quantities, any of these bacterial colonies can lead to gum disease, starting with mild bleeding and swelling of the gum tissue and progressing to severe bone loss and loosening of the teeth.
Deep Cleaning and Root Planing
When gum disease is present, one of the most frequently performed and effective procedures to treat symptoms and prevent it from getting worse is deep scaling and root planing. This treatment is a non-surgical technique that removes the buildup of plaque and tartar along the teeth and root tissue. Deep scaling and root planing significantly reduces pockets of bacteria and stimulates the healing of the gums.
Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities
At Austin Dental Spa, we utilize diagnostic technologies such as Micro-IDent® Plus to precisely and effectively identify periodontal disease. By taking bacteria test samples from around your teeth, we can learn if pathogens are present at an early stage. It is these harmful pathogens that can put you at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Based on the diagnosis, Dr. Sweeney can determine what type of therapy or antibiotic treatment is best. This early detection and treatment offers patients a way to minimize damage that can result from gum infections.
In addition to our advanced technology, we are proud to offer superior dental care through the Perio Protect® Method. As a certified office for Perio Protect®, we are able to manage bacterial communities, also known as biofilm, growing between patients’ teeth and gums. The treatment involves standard dental cleaning procedures as well as chemical therapy between office visits. This therapy requires patients to wear a customized dental tray for a few minutes each day. It is filled with a chemical solution that removes biofilm, treats the infection, and prevents the bacterial regeneration. Overall, Perio Protect® proves to be an effective way to treat gum disease as well as prevent further damage from occurring.
Contact Austin Dental Spa
Please contact Austin Dental Spa for more information on gum disease care, or to schedule an appointment here at our practice. Remember, early evaluation and treatment for periodontal issues are the keys to keeping your gums as healthy as possible!