Did you know that gum disease affects three out of four adults? Also called periodontal disease, gum disease occurs when plaque, the sticky, colorless film produced by normal bacteria in your mouth builds up and eventually hardens into tartar. Plaque and tartar lead more bacteria to develop, which will break down the bond between your teeth and gums.
Because the early symptoms, such as swollen and bleeding gums, are mild, many people ignore these warning signs, which allows the disease to progress. Left untreated, periodontal disease can contribute to tooth loss and other serious health problems, such as low birth weight, diabetes complications, heart disease, and osteoporosis. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to check for signs of gum disease. If we find problems, Dr. Hackbarth will suggest periodontal disease treatment in our Texas City, TX dental office to halt the damage and re-establish your oral health.
Scaling and root planing is a two-step process that is also referred to as a deep cleaning. It can take place over the course of one to two appointments, depending on the severity of your gum disease. We typically recommend this therapy option for patients who are experiencing mild to moderate signs of the condition. First, Dr. Hackbarth will clear all plaque and tartar accumulation from the surface of your smile, as far down as the pockets of your gums. He’ll then smooth out the roots of your teeth, allowing your gums to healthily reattach and provide this vulnerable area with much-needed protection.
Laser periodontal therapy is typically conducted in conjunction with other gum treatments, such as antibiotic therapy. During this treatment, Dr. Hackbarth will use an advanced instrument called a soft tissue laser to kill harmful oral bacteria in the mouth, remove infected and damaged gum tissue, and clear any tartar accumulation. The gadget is small and emits a concentrated beam of light, allowing Dr. Hackbarth to offer precise treatment to keep your gums infection-free.
In addition to your scaling and root planing treatment or laser gum therapy, we also offer antibiotic therapy to minimize the prevalence of harmful oral bacteria. We use Peridex to do this, which is a prescription mouthrinse that helps target affected oral tissues and prevent gum disease from causing permanent damage to your smile. Our team will prescribe you a dosage, including how many times you should rinse and for how long, as well as follow-up appointments to make sure that the therapy continues working to reverse your symptoms.
Many people brush their teeth, use mouthwash, and chew gum, but they still struggle with halitosis, the clinical term for bad breath. Usually caused by decay, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or overactive bacteria, bad breath can cause you embarrassment and negatively impact your relationships. Common fixes, like breath mints and rinses, only act as a temporary cover up and can dry out your mouth, which may make you more susceptible to halitosis. Good oral hygiene and breath treatments can resolve this issue.
Brushing twice daily and regular flossing will help remove food from your mouth, while semi-annual dental cleanings ensure that any tartar build-up is removed. You may need to consider professional breath treatment kits, which are designed to kill germs and destroy the source of volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. Halitosis may indicate gum disease, so it’s important to let us evaluate your whole mouth. Visit our Texas City dental office so that Dr. Hackbarth can recommend the right treatment to give you fresh breath and improve your dental health.
Gum recession can occur for a number of reasons, including periodontal disease, overly aggressive brushing, or even just as part of the natural aging process. Instead of having to undergo invasive treatment to restore balance and wellness to your smile, patients at Dental Cosmetic Center can now receive the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. This procedure is suture and incision-free, resulting in less discomfort for the patient, faster recovery time, and many more valuable benefits. View the video below to learn more!