More Americans lose teeth to periodontal disease than they do to decay. We can increase your chances of keeping your teeth, slowing the advance of gum disease and restoring health and strength to your teeth, gums, and underlying jawbone.
To stop the progression of gum disease, Dr. Butler offers scaling and root planing, as well as LANAP laser therapy. Schedule your treatment today!
More Americans lose teeth due to periodontal disease every year than lose teeth due to cavities. Periodontal treatment at our family dental practice in Kerrville can successfully treat gum disease, halt its progression, and safeguard your teeth.
Periodontal, or gum, disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue has a v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. When bacteria exists in this space below the gumline, it can cause infection and damage to the connective tissues. Over time, sulcus develops into a pocket; generally, the more severe the gum disease, the greater the depth of the pocket.
Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease, including:
Warning signs that periodontal disease has started to progress include:
However, it is possible to have periodontal disease and show no warning signs, which is why it is so important to make and keep regular appointments twice per year with your family dentist.
There are two treatments commonly performed to treat periodontal disease.
If you believe you may have periodontal disease, call our Kerrville general dentist’s office at (830) 257-4900 and schedule an appointment today!