Periodontal Treatment in Jacksonville, TX
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Do you have persistent tooth sensitivity or bad breath? You may have gum or periodontal disease. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. It may also be linked to a more serious health risks like heart problems. Our Jacksonville, TX dentists offer periodontal treatment to prevent these from happening.
Gum disease starts when bacteria irritate the soft tissues around and beneath the gum line. Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause, but age, medications, genetics, smoking, stress and poor nutrition are also risk factors.
Make sure to see your Jacksonville, TX dentists right away if you experience these signs of gum disease:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding while chewing, brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Pockets between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
The best defense against gum disease is excellent oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily, and see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and checkups. This is all you need to reverse mild gum disease. If you have moderate to severe periodontitis (advanced gum disease), it requires additional treatment. Deep cleaning (root scaling and planing) and medications are common conservative treatments or reversing gum disease. If your gums fail to heal, pocket reduction surgery may be recommended.
Deep dental cleaning removes bacteria Deep dental cleaning removes bacteria, toxins and tartar from gum pockets and every surface of the tooth, especially the tooth roots. Your dentist in Jacksonville may perform deep cleaning more than once until your gums heal.
Scaling and root planing is usually followed by antibiotics and other medications. Using custom trays (similar to mouth guards), the medication is delivered straight into the gum pockets to control bacteria between cleaning appointments.
If gum pockets make it difficult for you to keep your teeth clean regularly, and if the soft tissues don’t heal after conservative therapies, your dentist may recommend pocket reduction surgery.