The health of your gums and soft tissues is an important factor when it comes to the health of your entire smile. Your gums help support your teeth and hold them in place. However, this area is also delicate and can easily become infected by decay and disease. One of the most common afflictions of the gums is periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease starts as an inflammation of the gums and slowly causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. Pockets of infection then form and slowly cause your gums to disintegrate. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. You may have periodontal disease if your gums bleed, your teeth are loose, or if you have persistent bad breath.

Our first line of defense against periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning methods. Scaling is the process by which diseased gum tissue is removed, and root planing is when your tooth’s surface is smoothed to prevent rough patches where bacteria and food particles can get trapped.

Our caring dentist and dental team at the practice of Scott A. Ervin DDS PA are committed to treating your entire smile and ensuring your gums and teeth last a lifetime. If you would like more information about periodontal disease and gum treatment in Terrell, Texas, please contact our dental office today. We do not want you to be in pain or discomfort a day longer.