Periodontal treatment available for patients in Longview, TX with gum disease
Periodontal disease, referred to by some patients and dentists as gum disease, is a condition that patients in the Longview, TX area need to take seriously. Without treatment, the condition can continue to progress until it results in the loss of gum tissue, pain, and discomfort. This condition can also cause patients to lose their natural teeth due to the destruction of the bone. Periodontal disease needs to be caught early for proper diagnosis, intervention, and effective treatment.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is diagnosed as soon as problems are seen by the dentist. This may occur during an evaluation at a biannual recall appointment. Dr. Clint Bruyere may notice that the gum tissue is red, swollen, and inflamed. There may be measurable pockets that have developed between the gum tissue and the teeth where plaque, tartar, and bacteria may collect. Once the condition has been diagnosed, treatment options are discussed.
In the earlier stages of gum disease, such as gingivitis, the condition may be easily controlled with antibiotics and a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gum tissue. This is done in conjunction with education on how to properly brush and floss to maintain the health of the smile. Those who do not participate in proper oral hygiene or those who let the condition progress into later stages before visiting their dentist for assistance, may need aggressive treatment. This may include scaling and root planing, a procedure that is more invasive and requires the dentist to clean not only the surfaces of the teeth but the roots as well. Antibiotics may be prescribed or used directly on the teeth to address bacteria, and patients may be put on a more frequent cleaning schedule with their dentist for continued evaluation, many visiting their dentist every three months instead of every six. X-rays may also be taken to check the bone structure and find out if the condition is causing problems underneath the gum tissue.
Early diagnosis and intervention is key, and Dr. Clint Bruyere recommends patients in the Longview, TX area visit his practice if they have any concerns about the development of gum disease and the need for periodontal treatment.