Treating the Various Stages of Periodontal Disease
When you are brushing your teeth, have you noticed swollen, red gums or bleeding? If so, it is essential to seek treatment from your dentist in Longview, Texas. Periodontal or gum disease is a severe condition that can lead to irreversible damage without treatment and can also negatively impact overall wellness, increasing the risk of other conditions such as diabetes, stroke, or heart disease. At Clint Bruyere, DDS, Dr. Clint Bruyere, we are committed to improving the well-being of our patients through high-quality oral care, which is why we offer comprehensive gum disease treatment.
Types of Treatment Available for Gum Disease
Effective gum disease treatment largely depends on several factors, including the stage of the disease, the state of the patient’s oral health, and the individual symptoms. Periodontal disease is much easier to treat in its early stages, known as gingivitis. Once the condition is advanced, it can cause irreversible damage requiring extensive treatments and restorations.
The first step in all cases of gum disease treatment is to implement a good oral hygiene routine, which includes at-home care and increased dental visits. We may recommend one or more treatments to improve your gum health.
- Improved oral hygiene – it is essential to brush your teeth at least twice each day for two minutes and floss every day to eliminate food particles and prevent the buildup of disease-causing plaque and bacteria.
- Routine dental visits – During your exams, we can identify early signs of gum disease, making them easier to treat. Additionally, professional cleanings can remove built-up plaque or calculus that cannot be removed with at-home brushing.
- Antibiotics – We can prescribe oral or topical antibiotics for gum infections.
- Scaling and root planing – This professional deep cleaning removes plaque below the gum line to the root for more advanced cases.
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Restorations after Gum Disease
If you have lost teeth after gum disease, it is vital to undergo restorative treatment. When gaps are left in the smile, it can cause the remaining teeth to continue to shift out of place and a loss of bone tissue. We offer various options, including periodontal pocket treatment, bone and tissue grafts, and dental implants and bridges to restore your smile.