One of the most common dental issues among adults is periodontal gum disease caused from a variety of potential issues including inadequate oral hygiene, genetic factors, and poor nutrition. Mild gum disease is known as gingivitis and the most common symptom is swollen tender gums. If left untreated, this type of infection can lead to further deterioration of oral health and increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and other health issues. Dr. David McIntyre offers several effective treatments for gum disease, including the scaling and root planing procedure.
The first step of periodontal maintenance is to treat the infection by removing the bacteria which is the primary cause of gum disease. During a scaling and root planing treatment, also commonly referred to as a “deep-cleaning”, Dr. McIntyre uses both manual and ultrasonic tools to eliminate bacteria above and below the gum line. Removing the bacteria below the gum line is essential for keeping the roots of the teeth healthy and reducing the chance of reinfection.
The bacteria that causes gingivitis can congregate in pockets around the roots of the teeth. As the infection persists, the pockets become larger and cause the gum tissue and bone to soften and deteriorate, eventually leading to tooth loss. Scaling, a deep-cleaning procedure, helps reduce the size of these pockets as the bacteria is removed.
Finally, root planing and scaling helps encourage healthy gum tissue to grow. The root planing part of the treatment smooths the roots of the teeth to provide the right environment for the healthy gum tissue to reattach to the roots. Dr. McIntyre may also prescribe antibiotics or medicated mouthwash to continue fighting infection after the procedure.
If your gums feel swollen and bleed easily, it could be the first sign of gingivitis. Early diagnosis and proper periodontal treatment are important to remove the harmful bacteria and encourage healthy gum tissue to regrow. Dr. McIntyre can perform scaling and root planing to treat gum disease and restore your oral health. Call our office in Kyle, TX today for an appointment and take the first step toward healthy gums and teeth.