Gum Disease (Periodontitis) Prevention & Treatment in West Lake Hills - Austin Periodontic Options
Your gums are the foundation of your mouth; when there are problems with your gums, the health of your teeth and jawbone will eventually suffer. However, the effects of gum disease, also called periodontal disease and periodontitis, don't stop at your mouth. Keeping your gums healthy can help prevent a host of general health conditions, and Dr. Tor Gotun makes this easy by offering the most advanced periodontic treatments in Austin.
Your Gums and the Mouth-Body Connection
Researchers have linked periodontal disease to many general health conditions including dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and diabetes. Causal factors have yet to be established, but there are two pervading theories. One theory is that the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease gains easy entry into the bloodstream via damaged gum tissues. These bacteria can then travel to the heart, brain, and other organ systems and lead to new disease processes. The second theory is that the inflammatory nature of periodontitis causes an inflammatory response in other parts of the body, triggering new conditions or worsening existing ones.
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The Progression of Gum Disease
Gum disease starts with the formation of plaque on the gums and teeth. If you floss and brush daily to remove plaque and the irritating bacteria contained therein, your gum tissues will remain healthy. Regular professional teeth cleanings will also help keep plaque at bay. Plaque that is allowed to build up over time will irritate the gums. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and its symptoms may be minimal at first but will eventually emerge in the form of puffiness, redness and bleeding if not treated. Improving your oral hygiene at home and undergoing regular teeth cleanings at Austin Smile Creations may be all you need to reverse your gingivitis.
Once you progress past gingivitis, your periodontal disease becomes a chronic condition that requires continuous management. Unremoved plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which pushes the gums away from the tooth roots and creates periodontal pockets that collect bacteria. Without treatment, these oral bacteria will progressively destroy your gum tissues and the bone that supports the teeth, the end result of which is tooth loss.
A Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tor Gotun has completed thousands of hours of continuing education to offer patients the most effective periodontics in Austin. Common procedures include:
• Traditional teeth cleaning: This is the typical teeth cleaning procedure that you receive at a six-month checkup. It involves removing tartar and polishing the teeth to create a slick surface that is uninviting to plaque and oral bacteria. Regular teeth cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and eliminate gingivitis.
• Scaling and root planing: This procedure, which is performed under local anesthesia, is called a deep cleaning and consists of removing plaque and bacteria that have collected in the periodontal pockets. Next, the rough surfaces of the tooth roots are polished. Depending on each patient's situation, this procedure is carried out with either traditional dental tools or a diode laser. Laser Dentistry is invaluable in sterilizing periodontal pockets and precisely removing infected tissues.
• Locally applied antibiotics: After a deep cleaning, we may place a topical antibiotic inside the periodontal pockets to prevent bacterial growth while your gums are healing.
Austin, TX Cutting Edge Periodontics
Considering the potential health risks of diseased gums, you can't afford not to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Whether you need a simple cleaning and checkup, have full-blown periodontal disease or need to get your gums in good shape for dental implants, Dr. Tor Gotun will provide the most beneficial treatment to enhance your oral and general health. Contact us today to set up your Austin periodontics consultation.