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Periodontics Specialist

RR Dentistry

located in Georgetown, TX

Great oral health includes taking good care of your gums, and periodontics is the area of dental specialty focused on preventing and treating gum disease. The dental specialists at RR Dentistry in Georgetown, Texas, have the skills and experience needed to perform outstanding gum health diagnostics and treatment services. Book a visit online or by phone today to explore the possibilities.

Periodontics Q & A

What is periodontics?

Periodontics is the area of dental practice focused on preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Any condition or treatment that affects the gum tissue or the area of teeth located beneath the gum line falls under the umbrella of periodontics.

The dental professionals at RR Dentistry have extensive training and experience in periodontic care. If you need advanced diagnostic or treatment services for issues with your gums or the underlying tooth and bone tissue, you can rest assured you’ll be in the best of hands. 

What are some signs of periodontal (gum) disease?

Gum disease begins when bacteria multiply within the mouth and damage your gum tissue. Most Americans will encounter some form of gum disease at one point, and knowing how to respond is a critical way to prevent the condition from worsening. 

Each day, your mouth is filled with many types of bacteria. Some bacteria are necessary for optimal dental health, but other types can cause significant damage to teeth and gum tissue. 

There are two main types of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the most common and less severe form of gum disease. It develops when the bacteria within your plaque builds up, causing gum inflammation. You might notice your gums bleeding when brushing and flossing. 

Gingivitis is reversible with proper dental care and improved at-home dental hygiene routines. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. At that stage, inflammation causes your gum tissue to pull away from the surface of your teeth. 

Small pockets are formed, creating an ideal space for bacteria to thrive. The infection can damage your bone and connective tissues that secure your teeth in place, causing tooth loss. There are treatments that can improve gum disease, including laser therapy and scaling and root planing. 

What is periodontal splinting, and how does it work?

When advanced gum disease causes teeth to loosen, periodontal splinting can help stabilize them and prevent tooth loss. The process involves securing multiple teeth together to create a more stable single unit. 

Periodontal splinting can be accomplished by using dental bonding techniques to join two or more teeth together. It is often used on the upper or lower front teeth and can help prevent a visibly gapped smile. 

If you’d like to learn more about the current state of your gum health and explore treatment options for gum disease, schedule a visit at your earliest convenience. Online booking is available, or you’re always welcome to call RR Dentistry and check appointment availability.