Researchers estimate that more than 47% of Americans aged 30 and older have gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen, or irritated, gum disease care can provide significant relief and reduce the risk of tooth loss. At his self-titled practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey Busch, DDS, offers complete gum disease care to adults, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and laser therapy. To make an appointment in Houston, Texas, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Gum disease care diagnoses and treats infections of the gum tissue. Specifically, it involves the treatment of:
Gingivitis occurs when plaque –– a film of bacteria, food particles, and saliva –– collects on your teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into dental calculus. Over time, that build-up irritates and inflames your gums.
If gingivitis goes untreated, it often progresses to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more advanced infection that causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. Early intervention and treatment can preserve your teeth, preventing the need for extractions.
Make an appointment for gum disease care if you experience any of the following symptoms:
You should also make an appointment at Jeffrey Busch, DDS, if you experience pain or sensitivity when biting and chewing.
At Jeffrey Busch, DDS, gum disease care begins with an oral exam and a discussion of your symptoms, including when they started, if you’re experiencing any pain, and if you’re having trouble biting and chewing.
Next, your provider takes oral X-rays to determine the severity of your gum disease. X-rays can identify underlying issues like gum recession or bone decay.
After making a diagnosis, your provider develops a custom gum disease treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
Jeffrey Busch, DDS, offers several types of gum disease care, including:
Scaling and root planing is the most common treatment for gum disease. It involves your provider carefully removing tartar from your teeth and beneath your gum line. By removing all of the buildup, your gums can reattach to your teeth.
If you have a potentially serious infection, your provider might recommend laser dentistry. Laser dentistry uses targeted light energy to destroy the harmful bacteria in your mouth responsible for gum disease. It’s comfortable, presents few risks, and requires no anesthesia.
Sometimes scaling and root planing and laser dentistry aren’t enough to eliminate an infection. If that’s the case, your provider might recommend antibiotic therapy. Antibiotic therapy uses antibiotic medications to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth. The fewer bacteria, the less likely you are to experience serious side effects.
To learn more about the benefits of gum disease care, make an appointment at the practice of Jeffrey Busch, DDS, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.