Gum Disease Treatment
It's impossible to have healthy teeth without healthy gums! Yet nearly half of all adults over age 30 have gum (periodontal) disease. And gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, some studies link it to serious health conditions like stroke, diabetes, and ulcers.
At Tieken Smiles Dentistry, we don't want you to become a grim statistic. Dr. J. Derek Tieken and our talented team look for signs of gum disease at every dental exam in our League City, TX dentist office. In its early stages, we'll eliminate it with a dental cleaning. For more advanced cases, we use a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing.
Call Tieken Smiles Dentistry so you don't become a gum disease statistic!
How Gum Disease Progresses
Gum disease occurs when bacteria in your mouth infects your gums. The infection gets below your gumline and creates “pockets” where more bacteria can collect. As your body tries to fight the infection, it begins breaking down the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth.
In the early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, you may have tender, inflamed gums. As the gum disease progresses, it begins destroying not just tissue but bone. This stage is called periodontitis. The infection from your gums also can enter your bloodstream.
Scaling and Root Planing Explained
During scaling, we deep clean your teeth and their roots. Then, in a procedure called root planing, we smooth the rough areas from your teeth's roots to help prevent bacteria from collecting underneath your gumline.
To ensure you feel no discomfort, we numb the area with anesthesia. And we reverse the effects of anesthesia with OraVerse so you won't leave with a numb face.
Dr. Tieken may prescribe follow-up treatment with customized trays filled with a medicated solution you can use at home. The trays dispense antibacterial medication in those "pockets" beneath your gumline that you can't reach with a toothbrush or floss.
Do you have tender, red gums? You could have gum disease! Call (281) 942-0444 or contact us to book a visit to our League City, TX dentist office.