Austin, TX, dentist talks about gum disease treatment

Gum disease treatment from dentist in Austin

Gum disease is a common condition affecting the mouths of up to 80 percent of dental patients each year. Ranging from minor inflammation, called gingivitis, to a more serious condition known as periodontitis, nearly all adults have some form of gum disease.
Gingivitis is most common and treatment is rather simple. Effective at-home and in-office professional cleanings can rid the mouth of plaque and bacteria and reverse the effects of gingivitis.
However, if gingivitis is left untreated, the plaque can grow and develop into periodontitis which causes the gums to loosen from the teeth and form periodontal pockets that can become infected. Periodontitis requires professional treatments to control the infection.
With Dr. Griffin Cole, a caring and trusted Austin, TX dentist, treatment plans are custom made to the individual, and could include a variety of options, including:

  • Deep cleaning: Dr. Cole and his team can remove the plaque using a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. This removes the tartar from above and below the gum line to get rid of rough spots where bacteria gather.
  • Ozone periodontal tray treatment: Custom-fitted trays can be made to be used in a special process using ozone gas as the antibacterial/anti-infective agent. This 30 minute process achieves better results than any other periodontal treatment including surgical therapy in most cases. It is extremely effective and safe to use.
  • Surgery: Surgery might be necessary if deep cleaning and medications do not fight the infection. Flap surgery involves lifting back the gums to remove the tartar and then suturing the gums back into place so that they are tight and secure against the teeth. Another surgical option is bone and tissue grafts that are necessary to help regrow bone or gum tissue that has been lost.

Regardless of the treatment plan that is selected, patients will need to follow up with excellent at home care to ensure that the mouth stays free of plaque and bacteria. Patients may also consider altering habits, such as smoking, to reduce their risk of further infection. If you are concerned about gum disease call the office of Dr. Cole today to discuss your options. The health of your mouth is our priority and we will work with you to develop the most effective, but least invasive, treatment plan.

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E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD - Advanced Biologic Restorative Dentistry
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Biological dental care at its finest is the promise made by the team at the office of E. Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your best oral health and general well-being through comprehensive integrative dental care.

Dr. Griffin Cole earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Dental School. He has three decades of experience in dentistry and is trusted by Austin, TX residents. He was the first dentist in Texas to have a mercury-separating system in his office, and the first dentist in Austin to be certified in oxygen-ozone therapy. He’s a member of many reputed dental associations including the IAOMT, and teaches practice management and growth at the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Cole is a published author and follows continuing education programs on a regular basis. Connect with Dr. Griffin Cole on Linkedin.

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Dr. Griffin Cole has been awarded with Austin Premier Doctor Award 2019

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