Periodontal Dentist
in Cedar Park, TX

Gum pain is an unpleasant sensation that can impact a patients’ quality of life and oral health. Not only can gum pain be associated with bleeding gums or other inconveniences, but it may be an indicator of periodontal disease. If you’re experiencing gum pain or bleeding, please contact our office. Our team at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry will be happy to help you learn more about periodontal treatment options or schedule a consultation at a convenient time for you.

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What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that can link back to poor oral hygiene. This bacteria causes infection and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth. Gum infection can develop through poor or improper brushing or flossing habits. Not following proper oral care or routine can result in bacteria from plaque to build on the tooth or around the gums. When this happens, tartar forms, and once tartar forms, then periodontal treatment from a dental professional is necessary.

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Is gum disease reversible?

Unfortunately, once periodontal disease goes past its first stage of gingivitis, it is no longer reversible. Gum disease can be maintained with regular deep cleanings and scaling from your dentist during its first stage. Proper cleaning and care can provide the chance to reverse gingivitis and prevent gum pain from worsening. Gum disease treatment will vary due to the severity of your gum disease.

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What happens if the periodontal disease goes untreated?

When the periodontal disease goes untreated, gum pain and swollen and bleeding gums will continue to worsen as the infection spreads. Eventually, the gums can stray away from the teeth leaving the bone of the tooth exposed, causing loose or lost teeth, and you’ll then experience more pain and may encounter costlier care. Fortunately, periodontal treatment from our dentist and dental hygienist can treat and encourage the gums to root back to your teeth.

Are you experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease? Contact our office to get the care you need.

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