Gum disease, or gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the gums that surround your teeth. In its advanced stages, it becomes periodontitis, which spreads underneath the gums and damages the tissues and bones that support your teeth. If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Nitya Balan may recommend treatment for gum disease in Cedar Park, Texas:
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose permanent teeth
To treat gum disease, our dentists may recommend extra professional teeth cleanings. Our hygienist will clean your teeth of plaque and tartar, above and below the gum line. For more serious cases of gingivitis, our dentists may perform scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning dental procedure in which your teeth are cleaned of plaque and tartar all the way down to the roots. In addition, your tooth roots will be made smooth. This provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to and makes it harder for plaque to adhere to your roots.
Be sure to keep up with your home oral care after treatment. To learn more and to schedule an appointment with our team, please contact Discovery Park Dental today.