Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment in Hutto TX

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, happens when there is plaque buildup between the gums and teeth. Bacteria living in the plaque produce acids that can attack the gums, causing them to become inflamed. The disease is preventable with diligent oral care habits such as daily brushing and flossing, but can occur when these habits are ignored. If you should develop a case of periodontal disease, Dental Experts provides several options in periodontal treatment in Pflugerville, TX, Georgetown, Taylor, Hutto and Round Rock. Dental scaling, root planing, and periodontal surgery are effective methods of returning the gums to health in Hutto.

Dental scaling and planing

Also known as a deep clean, this procedure resembles a routine cleaning that you would get every six months, but is much more thorough. Scaling consists of removing all the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) from above as well as below the gumline using dental tools. A local anesthesia is normally used to minimize pain and discomfort. Once the teeth are clean, your dentist will plane (smooth) the teeth to discourage bacteria from collecting on the tooth surfaces again and to help the gums reattach to the teeth. The goal of this procedure is to help the gum tissue heal and shrink the periodontal pockets.

Periodontal surgery

If the case of periodontal disease is too far advanced for a scaling and planing treatment to help, periodontal surgery may be the solution. There are several types of gum surgery that can be used to restore the gums to health. Each procedure involves cutting into the gums and altering them in some way to remove harmful bacteria. Gingival flap surgery cleans below the gum pockets, a gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue, and a gingivoplasty reshapes healthy gum tissue. Bone surgery, including bone grafts, and soft-tissue grafts are also included in periodontal treatments. Your periodontist will examine the condition of your gums and discuss your options with you to determine the most suitable one for you.

After receiving periodontal treatment in Hutto, TX, you may need to make more frequent visits to your dentist at Dental Experts for checkups on the health status of the gums. Periodontal disease is normally detected during routine appointments, so if you are overdue for a checkup in Hutto, give us a call.