At Smiles by Garcia, we are committed to ensuring patients in the area of Austin, TX have access to the dental services they need to achieve healthy smiles. We also educate patients on the benefits of keeping the smile clean and healthy. This includes the avoidance of problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
An infection of the smile is often diagnosed as periodontal disease. This condition, which is sometimes referred to as gum disease, can impact the health of the smile—and of one’s body. The infection can travel through the bloodstream and increase a patient’s risk of developing diabetes or heart disease. This is why it is incredibly important for patients to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible and seek treatment. Patients can avoid the development of this condition by maintaining proper oral health habits and visiting the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and evaluations.
Is periodontal disease curable?
Once periodontal disease has developed, it cannot be cured. Instead, it can only be controlled and maintained. Periodontal disease is often spotted by a dentist due to:
- Complaints of persistent bad breath
- Bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
- Inflammation and swelling of the gum tissues
- Thorough evaluations performed in the dentist’s office
- The development of pockets between tissues and teeth where bacteria may harbor
Treatment of periodontal disease will vary depending on the stage at which the condition has reached. For example, the earlier stages of periodontal disease may be easily treated with a thorough dental cleaning at Smiles by Garcia. while later stages may require antibiotic treatment or scaling and root planing. When the condition is diagnosed, the dentist can create a treatment plan for the patient. This customized plan will help patients bring their smile back to health and keep their condition from getting worse.
How long does it take to full treat periodontal disease?
Many patients want to know how long it will take to address their condition. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine due to many different factors that will impact treatment time. Patients should follow their dentist’s recommendations to bring the smile back to health and avoid worsening of the infection.
Discuss periodontal care with the team at Smiles by Garcia today!
Dr. Arturo Garcia of Austin, TX is pleased to provide comprehensive dental care for patients in and around the community. Schedule your appointment by calling (512) 402-5872 today!