Periodontal Therapy – Mount Pleasant, TX
Dedicated Care for Gum Disease
One quick look in the mirror will reveal that there is much more going on in your mouth beyond your teeth. In truth, periodontal disease, not cavities, is actually the most prominent dental problem in the country. It’s an infection that attacks the soft tissues of the mouth as well as the bone that supports the teeth, and it can easily lead to tooth loss if ignored! Thankfully, Dr. Sikes and our team are able to catch and treat periodontal disease as early as possible, saving our patients from needing to fix avoidable dental damage.
Why Choose Us for Periodontal Therapy?
- Dedicated periodontal screenings at regular checkups
- Deep cleanings performed by expert hygiene team
- Kind, friendly, & highly-experience staff
What is Periodontal Disease?
Without consistent oral hygiene, a person’s gums will begin to accumulate a buildup of plaque and bacteria, and this can eventually cause the gums to become inflamed. This is the initial stage of periodontal disease, and over time, the symptoms will only become worse, including:
- Oral bleeding
- Gum recession (teeth appear longer)
- Persistently bad breath
- Foul taste in the mouth
- Oral sores
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
While its effects can be very serious, periodontal disease is actually very treatable.
How We Handle Periodontal Disease
As with every other dental problem, our primary goal is prevention first. Routine brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings can all help a person prevent the development of periodontal disease as the years go by.
But, for patients who already have the infection, we’re able to provide a solution as well. The procedure is called scaling and root planing. It’s designed to remove the harmful deposits of plaque and bacteria from along the gum line and protect a person from future reinfections as well.
First, a small instrument called a scaler is used to break up any plaque located along the gum line (scaling), and then the roots of the teeth are reshaped and smoothed out (root planing). This is intended to make it harder for plaque to gather near the gums in the future.
Are You Dealing with Periodontal Disease?
Do your gums bleed every time you clean your teeth? Are you experiencing oral sensitivity to hot and/or cold temperatures? Do your teeth look like they are getting longer? These are all early signs of periodontal disease, and we can put a stop to its progression if you give us a call today. The earlier we’re able to treat you, the easier it will be!