Dr. Glen Wainwright provides gum disease treatment in Austin, Texas. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a condition caused by the infection of gum tissue. Plaque that infects the gums can inflame them and cause bleeding. As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Learn the causes of this disease as well as the restorative solutions for treating periodontitis below:
Causes of Gum Disease
Patients who smoke, use tobacco, and take certain medications may be more prone to developing gum disease than other patients. Poor brushing habits, diets high in sugar, diabetes, poor saliva production, crooked teeth, and hormonal changes are all possible causes of periodontitis. However, brushing and flossing twice a day is the main preventative measure against gum disease. You should also schedule regular dental cleanings and visits to the dental office to ensure that you are getting the oral care you need.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are several signs of periodontitis to look out for:
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, call Austin Dental Care for comfortable care at 512-518-6392. Dr. Wainwright and his team are passionate about giving patients an array of options as solutions for their dental problems.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Dentists offer these common surgical and non-surgical treatments for patients with gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are two treatments that often used in conjunction to help clean gums and fight gum inflammation. Scaling goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar and provide a deep clean. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this treatment, the tissue is taken from one part of the mouth and then used to cover tooth roots. Tooth loss that often occurs in later stages of periodontitis can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: For flap surgery, the gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them. Deep gum pockets can be treated with flap surgery for a healthier end-result.
Gum Disease FAQs
Is gum disease contagious?
No, you can not directly get gum disease from someone who has it, or give someone gum disease. Periodontal disease is not transmissible by kissing, or sharing food and drinks.
Can gum disease cause tooth loss?
Yes, although mostly only in severe cases of gum disease infections. If you have gingivitis or regular bleeding gums, you don’t have to worry about your teeth falling out overnight. Although, you should be worried if your gum disease has progressed to advanced periodontitis. You may already be showing signs of loose teeth.
Can gum disease be reversed?
Gum disease can be managed and reversed with early intervention by your dentist. Your dentist can take steps to reduce and reverse your symptoms without the need for invasive procedures. It is much more difficult and a longer process to get rid of advanced periodontitis.
I think I may be in the early stages of gum disease. What treatment will I require?
Scaling and root planing is the most common process for patients in the early stages of gum disease. You may be prescribed an antibacterial mouthwash before a scaling and root planing procedure is needed.
Schedule a Periodontal Exam with our Dentist in Austin, TX
Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, TX that is dedicated to patient-centered dentistry. You can call Austin Dental Care today at 512-518-6392, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Wainwright online. We serve dental patients in West Austin, Lost Creek, West Lake Hills, Barton Creek, and all of Travis County, Texas.