Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal diseases and in the placement of dental implants. Our dentist is familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and is also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.
What Are Periodontal Pockets?
Pockets are the spaces between the teeth and gum tissue. These pockets are shallow on the front teeth and deeper on the back teeth.
Pocket depth is an indication of the health of the gum tissue, as a healthy gum line fits tightly against the tooth. If deep pockets exist, this is a sign of gum disease. When gum disease is present, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating the perfect environment for bacteria.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that occurs when plaque is not regularly removed from the mouth. The bacteria that build up plaque irritate the soft tissues of your gums, causing them to become inflamed.
Over time, the inflammation caused by gum disease can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss. It’s important to take care of your oral health with a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing.
How Is a Periodontal Exam Performed?
A periodontal exam can reveal a lot about your oral health and hygiene. It examines your gums for signs of periodontal diseases, such as inflammation, bleeding, and gum recession. It also evaluates any issues concerning your bite and tooth alignment. Your dentist or dental hygienist will use special dental instruments to check your gums, teeth, and bite.
What Are the Treatment Options For Periodontal Disease?
For mild cases of periodontal disease, a simple cleaning may be enough to reverse symptoms. Scaling and root planing, also known as deep cleaning procedures, may be recommended for patients with more advanced forms of the disease.
During this procedure, your dentist will use special tools to reach below the gum line and remove plaque and tartar buildup and smooth out the roots to prevent bacteria from building up again. This can stop further infection, reduce swelling, and limit bleeding.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our dentist by calling us at (512) 358-1215 or visiting us at 2711 La Frontera Blvd Suite 270, Round Rock, TX 78681. We will be happy to guide you further.