Periodontal Treatment in Temple, TX
You may not hear much about it, but one out of every two American adults has periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection that damages gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. If it’s not caught and treated in its early stages, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues.
At Temple Dental Trails, we understand the serious risk that gum disease poses to both your dental and general health. Fortunately, in most cases, gum disease can be prevented and treated with professional dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene. We have always been strong advocates of prevention as the most effective way to reduce the possibility of developing gum disease.
Gum Disease – A Hidden Threat
Gum disease may start in your mouth, but it is not just an oral health problem. Recent research suggests that, without proper hygiene and preventive treatments, the bacteria present with severe periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream. This can lead to serious health complications like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
If gum disease is not caught soon enough, it causes little pockets to form around your teeth. This gives bacteria a place to hide and continue to grow, allowing gum disease to progress further.
At this point, the infection can begin to cause serious damage to tissue and bone supporting your teeth. In severe cases, it can even result in tooth loss. We want to do everything we can to prevent this from happening because saving healthy teeth is essential for protecting your oral health.
The earliest stage of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis and, in most cases, it can be treated with a routine dental cleaning. If our hygienist finds that gum disease has progressed to the next stage, periodontitis, a deep cleaning will be necessary to eliminate the bacteria and infected tissue. Depending on the extent of infection, we may also need to prescribe antibiotics as well as a follow-up deep cleaning. In severe cases, we will refer you to a periodontist for treatment that will prevent tooth loss.
During a deep cleaning, the hygienist gently removes tartar, plaque, and harmful bacteria above and below the gum line. This is a process where the surface of the tooth is smoothed (planed) to allow affected gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. If necessary, we may prescribe antibiotics to make sure that the infection is eliminated completely.
Your Partner in Oral Health Care
Protecting your oral health is the reason we are here. Dr. Leung and every member of our team are pleased to provide you with the most effective, up-to-date dental health care available. We go out of our way to make you feel like part of the family and make sure that you feel welcome every time you visit our office.
Quality dental care should not be complicated, and we offer convenient office hours to accommodate your schedule. We respect that you are busy, and we book your appointments efficiently so you don’t have to spend valuable time waiting for treatment.
Please call our Temple dental office to arrange your next exam and cleaning. Together we will work toward your goal of excellent oral health.