Periodontal Treatment Austin, TX
Periodontal, or gum, disease occurs when bacteria-containing plaque causes damage to the gums and eventually the bones as well. As the disease progresses, pockets form between the teeth and the gums, allowing the bacteria to reach and damage the bone. Left untreated, it can cause tooth loss. Dr. Goehring offers treatment for gums and bone affected by periodontal disease. From scaling and root planting to surgical intervention, he can provide the care you need.
There Are Possible Connections Between Periodontal Disease and The Following Conditions
- Stroke — Periodontal disease may increase the risk of the type of stroke that is caused by blocked arteries.
- Heat Disease — Gum disease may increase the risk of clogged arteries and heart disease. It also is believed to worsen existing heart disease.
- Premature births — A woman who has gum disease during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver her baby too early. The infant may be more likely to be of low birth weight.
- Diabetes — Diabetic patients with periodontal disease may have more trouble controlling their blood sugar levels.
- Respiratory disease — Bacteria found in gum disease may cause lung infections or heighten existing lung conditions. For elderly adults in institutions such as nursing homes this can be very important. In this group, bacteria from the mouth may reach the lungs and may cause severe pneumonia.
By practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Most people should see the dentist about once every six months. But if you already have gum disease you may need to have more frequent cleanings.