Gum disease has various stages. At the beginning, you may only notice some swelling and redness around the gums that is called gingivitis. In its more severe form, gum disease is called periodontitis and can lead to serious health issues in the mouth if you do not receive the right gum disease treatment in Longview, TX immediately.
In certain cases, your periodontist may opt to do a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During the procedure, plaque is removed and tartar is scraped off above and below the gum line. This removes rough spots that attract germs and removes bacteria from the mouth that increases your risk of gum disease. At times, a laser may be used to do the procedure.
Gum disease can also be treated with medications like a prescription mouth rinse, oral antibiotics, antibiotic gel, antibiotic microspheres or enzyme suppressants. Determining which option will work best for you is a matter to discuss with your periodontist.
After medication and deep cleaning, if deep pockets remain in your gums, surgery may be necessary. Bone and tissue grafts and flap surgery are both options to treat gum disease and improve your oral health.
Protecting Your Gums on Your Own
Regular brushing, flossing and professional cleanings can help reduce your need for gum disease treatment, but some things are out of your control. Genetics and age can both play a huge role in developing the disease. Do your best to keep your teeth healthy by not smoking, as gum disease can extend past your mouth to problems with blood sugar, blood pressure and heart disease.
Give Us a Call
If you are concerned about your gums or teeth and feel it might be time to seek treatment, give us a call today at Pinnacle Implants & Periodontics and schedule your appointment. Dr. Kovacs a periodontist in Longview, TX is happy to discuss the severity of your disease and which treatment options will work best for you.