Austin Gum Disease Treatment
Gum & Bone Disease Therapy
Dr. Steinberg and his team of hygienists are committed to using all of their expertise in the therapeutic treatment of gum and jawbone disease – the leading cause of recession and loss of teeth.
Gum and bone disease is clinically known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an acidic mix of various bacterial infections that affect the soft tissues and bone supporting your teeth. These bacterial infections are not just confined to your teeth and mouth but can lead to significant whole-body health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, premature and low birth weight babies.
How We Care for Your Gums
During every preventive, continuing-care hygiene visit, which are recommended at time intervals based on your individual bacterial disease, our hygienist will measure the level of bone surrounding each tooth. This is vital, since periodontal disease involves the progressive and often painless loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, which, if left undiagnosed or untreated, can lead to tooth mobility, abscess formation and eventual tooth loss.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In addition to maintaining healthy levels of jawbone, factors that may indicate one of the five stages of periodontal disease are swollen, bleeding gums during brushing, flossing and sometimes even after eating hard foods; Halitosis (Bad Breath); and receding gums, which make teeth appear elongated. There is also a strong risk factor associated with family genetics, which would make a patient more susceptible to dental disease.
Treating Your Gum Disease
Therapeutic treatment of periodontal disease is addressed in a carefully established treatment plan that typically begins with one or multiple appointments for nonsurgical, deep scaling and removal of plaque and calculus (tartar) below the gum line. Additionally, preliminary restorative dental procedures may be needed to eliminate rough, plaque-retaining, older fillings or crowns which may have outlived their usefulness.
Always remember there are varying levels for hygiene care and unless you’re one of the fortunate 20% with a low disease level, these other levels need to be part of your conversation with Dr. Steinberg and our hygienists. In fact, doing a ‘Basic Cleaning” with active and progressive disease present can actually be harmful to your body.
You can always call us, and if you would like to learn more and remember, “it’s not just a cleaning.” It is about removing active harmful bacteria and disease to maintain Wellness!