If you’re experiencing tender, swollen, or bleeding gums or have noticed your gums are a red to red-purple color, you may have gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums. As plaque builds up it begins to move below the gumline; because your body considers it a foreign body your immune system will begin to fight it, causing your gums to inflame. The good news is, if caught in time we treat it and prevent it from worsening.
If left untreated the severity of gingivitis can increase, leading to an even greater problem: Periodontal disease. If you think you may be experiencing signs of gingivitis don’t wait, call KLT Dentistry today to schedule your appointment. The sooner we treat you, the sooner we may be able to prevent the onset of Periodontal (gum) disease.
WE CAN HELP RESTORE THE HEALTH OF YOUR GUMS
Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when gingivitis becomes so severe, it begins to spread beyond the gum line and attack the teeth’s supporting tissue and bone. If left untreated the disease begins to break down the structure around your teeth, eventually resulting in tooth loss. Gum disease is not reversible, but is however, treatable.
Periodontal (gum) therapy can take various forms, but the goal is to restore diseased tissues to health. There are very effective therapies to combat this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue. At KLT Dentistry we offer several treatment options to repair and prevent further damage.
If you’re experiencing tender, swollen, or bleeding gums, or have noticed your gums have darkened in color, call KLT Dentistry to discuss treatment options and schedule your appointment.
Restorative FillingsDental fillings are a restorative treatment that reestablishes function and shape in a tooth that has been damaged by decay. We simply remove the decay from your tooth, clean the affected area, and fill it in with a restorative material.
Root Canal TherapyA root canal is a hollow area inside a tooth that contains a combination of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissue known as “dental pulp.” This procedure may be indicated when these tissues become infected, swollen, abscessed, or cause pain.
Scaling and Root PlaningScaling and root planing is a deep cleaning below that gum line. The procedure becomes necessary in the event that gum disease is made evident and in a severe state, as the progression of the disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
As your mouth develops and your adult teeth come in, a lack of space may make it difficult for your wisdom teeth to break through to the surface. Because the teeth are struggling to erupt, they often grow at an angle in an attempt to fit, ultimately causing other issues. If ignored, your teeth can become overcrowded or infected, which may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Wisdom tooth removal is incredibly common and has become a very standard procedure in modern-day dentistry. At KLT Dentistry, we recommend X-rays to monitor the progress of these teeth. Monitoring wisdom teeth in the early stages of development allows us to resolve any problems that may arise, preventing damage to the surrounding teeth as well as any other complications.
Should wisdom tooth removal become necessary, Dr. Tibbetts will discuss the next steps that should be taken, as well as work with the oral surgeon to ensure you’re provided the best care possible. Based on research and patient satisfaction, KLT Dentistry works with some of the most highly recommended and top specialists in San Antonio. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort and believe it to be caused by your wisdom teeth, call KLT Dentistry to set-up a consultation. We’re happy to discuss and answer any questions you may have regarding wisdom tooth removal and all that’s involved.