Periodontal Dentistry

Periodontal dentistry involves care and treatments of the gums and tissues that support the health of your teeth. Periodontal dentistry is an important component of overall dental health, and can provide patients with access to both cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures. We believe the best Austin family dentistry practice should also support the health of your gums, which is why we provide services including:

Gingivitis Treatment

An important component of periodontal dentistry is the treatment of gingivitis. Gingivitis is common, and typically mild, but can become serious if left untreated. This gum disease typically causes redness, irritation, and swelling of the gums. A thorough cleaning coupled with improved home care and daily oral hygiene is typically sufficient to stop the progression of gingivitis. If left untreated, however, the disease can progress to moderate and serious cases of periodontitis which can precede tooth loss.

Scaling & Root Planing

These techniques enable periodontal dentists to thoroughly clean the root surfaces of teeth and turn back the clock on gum disease.

  • Scaling: During scaling, your dentist uses a variety of tools to clean the base of teeth at the gum line. Both mechanical and ultrasonic tools enable providers to remove bacteria, plaque, and more that have built up over time and contributed to gum disease.
  • Root Planing: Root planing is similar to scaling, but at a deeper level below the gum line. Depending on the degree of gum disease, both scaling and planing may necessitate the use of topical pain medication to eliminate discomfort and allow these thorough cleanings to be completely painless for patients.

Even the thorough cleanings of scaling and planning do not replace or substitute daily oral hygiene. In order to maintain the effects that scaling and planing provide, brushing and flossing twice daily is essential, especially for those with a history of gum disease. Depending on your history and risk factors, we’ll work with you to determine the very best oral hygiene routine to develop and maintain good gum health.

Gum Reshaping

Thanks to periodontal dentistry, it is possible to reshape gums to improve the overall look of your smile. Gums that appear too “long” or too “short” can be addressed by periodontal dentists through a procedure called gum contouring. Aside from aesthetics, contouring can also support the health of your gums and supporting structures by eliminating space where bacteria can proliferate.

Dental Implants

When it comes to restoring missing teeth, few procedures provide a more permanent and “tooth-like” solution than dental implants. During this procedure, a titanium rod is implanted into a patient’s jawline, upon which a lifelike artificial tooth is secured. This procedure occurs in several stages:

  • Placing the implant: Setting the implant into the jaw bone is a surgical procedure that typically requires several weeks or months to heal to ensure that the titanium implant fully fuses to the jaw bone.
  • Crowning the implant: Once the implant has completely healed, an artificial tooth is secured in place. These teeth are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and are very durable.

Periodontal dentistry allows for patients to enjoy benefits that implants provide over removable dentures, including more stability and security while eating and speaking, and fewer changes to daily oral hygiene routines. Dental implants also provide anchors for implant-supported dentures and bridges. These important periodontal dentistry procedures can help to restore a dental patient’s smile, confidence, speech, and ability to enjoy their favorite foods.

Periodontal dentistry requires extra training and experience for providers and staff, and at South Austin Dental Studio, we’re proud to offer periodontal dentistry services to support your overall dental health, and help you achieve your very best smile.


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