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Gum Disease Treatment

Often, the symptoms of gum disease go unnoticed. However, without treatment, the progressive condition can eventually cause tooth loss

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl can perform non-surgical scaling and root planing to reverse gum disease and restore your oral health.

Why should you seek immediate treatment?

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Early Treatment Provides Several Advantages

Protect Your Oral Health

Treatment can alleviate the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms of gum disease. It can also prevent further oral health issues from developing.

Avoid Periodontal Surgery

Gum disease will eventually cause gum recession, which may require more extensive and costly surgical treatment. Grafting procedures, for example, can be uncomfortable and require a recovery period.

Reduce Your Risk of Health Issues

Gum disease is associated with a number of serious systemic health concerns, including heart disease. Seeking treatment can help prevent bacteria from spreading to other areas of the body.

How is early gum disease treated?

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Restore your oral health with Dr. van Zyl...

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 What Is Gum Disease?

Your mouth harbors various types of bacteria. Many of these microbes are essential for oral health, but if harmful bacteria accumulate on your teeth, they will gradually spread to your gums. During the initial, reversible stages of gum disease (gingivitis), you will suffer minor gum inflammation and slight bleeding. However, as bacteria multiply, they will create pockets in your soft tissues.

Without treatment, these pockets can expand. Then the gums will begin to pull away from your jaw bone and tooth roots. Symptoms of this advanced stage (periodontitis) include increased bleeding, gum recession, tooth loss, noticeable tooth sensitivity, and bone recession. Periodontitis is not reversible, though proper care can keep it from progressing.

Periodontal Treatment Options

Preventative care is the most effective treatment for gum disease. For optimal oral health, you should maintain a routine check-up with Dr. van Zyl every six months. If you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits.

During your regular check-up appointment, Dr. van Zyl and your hygienist will remove the bacteria that cause periodontitis with a thorough cleaning. We will also check for early signs of gum disease so that we can begin treatment long before serious oral health damage occurs. Oral bacteria can spread from your teeth to your gums. Therefore, if you have a cavity or dental infection, Dr. van Zyl will recommend appropriate care, such as a dental filling or root canal therapy.

If you have already developed gingivitis, a routine cleaning can usually reverse this condition. However, if the disease has progressed to periodontitis, you may need a deep cleaning. This procedure is sometimes called scaling and root planing, and involves eliminating bacteria from your gums. Dr. van Zyl will also smooth rough spots on your dental roots, since uneven patches can trap microbes. This step helps in preventing bacteria from returning. In some cases, Dr. van Zyl may administer antibiotics during your deep cleaning.

The Importance of Periodontal Care

In addition to compromising your smile, gum disease can have serious consequences on your systemic health. Researchers have linked periodontitis to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. 

Some scientists believe that oral bacteria contribute to the development of blood clots. As microbes enter the bloodstream, they may adhere to fat cells, eventually blocking arteries. Other researchers speculate that bacteria cause blood vessels to become hardened or inflamed, restricting blood flow.

As yet, the exact connection is unclear. However, it is safe to say that periodontal care is highly beneficial for your oral and overall health.

Pairing Skill & Passion  for Exceptional Dental Care

Dr. Ettienne van Zyl and his team
Dr. van Zyl and his team are proud to care for your smile.

Dr. van Zyl is highly qualified to provide your dental treatment: 

  • Trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Advanced knowledge in a broad spectrum of dental disciplines
  • Member of several prestigious dental organizations
  • Provides a full spectrum of treatment at his practice 

With a focus on personalized, comfortable care you can rest assured that you will receive the highest level of care with Dr. van Zyl and his team. Call us at (479) 372-4500 to schedule your consultation.

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