Is Gum Disease Lurking Beneath Your Smile?
Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious condition caused by harmful oral bacteria. Without treatment, this progressive infection leads to bone loss, loose teeth and even tooth loss. Dr. Wehrle and the team at HEB Dental offer minimally invasive ways to address moderate to advanced gum disease.
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What are my treatment options?
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation and the severity of the problem. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical. However, in more serious cases, surgery may be necessary.
The first line of defense against gum disease is a unique type of cleaning called “scaling and root planing.” In this procedure, an ultrasonic cleaning device is used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth where regular cleaning devices can’t reach: under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. Then, the rough surface of the tooth and the root are smoothed out (planed). This provides a healthy, clean surface that makes it easier for the gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
If you address your gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planing may be the only treatment you need. However, as with any dental procedure, after-care is vital. In order to keep your teeth in good shape and resist future occurrences of gum disease, you must brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet, avoid tobacco use, and have regular dental checkups. Even after a successful scaling and root planing, if you don’t attend to your teeth properly, it’s quite likely that you’ll develop gum disease again.
Fear of gum disease treatment keeps many patients from seeking the care they need for a healthy smile. But with our gentle approach and minimally invasive laser technology, you never have to fear getting the treatment you need! Incorporating laser services into our treatment plans lets us provide greater comfort and better patient experiences. Our team of clinicians is ready to use their experience, advanced training, and compassionate chairside manner to restore your gum health for a lasting, beautiful smile!
We treat a variety of dental conditions with our laser dentistry procedures:
- Gum disease treatment
- Gum recontouring
- Ulcer treatment
- Composite fillings
- Implant surgery
- Peri-implantitis treatment
- TMJ/Muscle evaluation and therapy