What is Periodontal Disease?
The ligaments, bone, and gums surrounding your teeth are called the periodontium. The periodontium is the base, or foundation, for all your teeth, and when you have a problem with these tissues your teeth and health can be in serious jeopardy. Because it affects the gums, periodontal disease or more commonly known as gum disease.
Common symptoms of gum disease include gums that are red, swollen, or bleed easily, halitosis (bad breath), a receding gum line, loose teeth, and changes to your bite. Fortunately, Richardson dentist, Dr. Kessner may be able to help slow or reverse these issues if addressed early enough.
Treating gum disease usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If gum disease is left alone, you may eventually need treatment through surgery or extraction, so it’s important to have gum problems checked promptly.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Richardson, TX
- Proper identification and treatment planning is obviously the first step. Dr. Kessner will meet with you for a comprehensive exam. An accurate assessment is crucial to a successful result so great care will be taken here.
- Depending on the severity of the issue, different approaches may need to be taken. Common treatment includes what is called “deep cleaning” or “root planing”, which removes buildup and other issues from the tooth roots below the gum line. Dr. Kessner will make sure you are comfortable during the entire treatment, so you can feel relaxed the whole time and focus on getting healthy.
- Once the treatment is complete, we will monitor your progress to make sure everything progresses well and you are on a solid dental health foundation. Remember to keep up those personal hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing, and schedule a visit every six months to keep your periodontal health in top condition.
Gum disease is not something to take lightly! Call today to schedule a visit!