Gum Disease Treatments

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Healthy Gums Lead to Healthy Lives

At Niva Dental Specialists, we want you to have happy gums for a healthy life. Using our core values of innovation, expertise, mindfulness and professionalism, we seek to provide our patients with a new and different way to approach dentistry through our multispecialty practice. However, we also believe education is a key component of overall oral health. A great starting point for a healthy smile is gum health because healthy gums improve your overall health. 

An estimated 83% of all adult Americans list oral health as a health-related priority. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease also raises the risk factors for other health issues like strokes and heart disease. Typically, gum disease begins with gingivitis. Unfortunately, left untreated, gingivitis evolves into periodontitis, a gum disease present in over half of Americans aged 30 and above.  

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some form of gum disease. You may not even know if you have the early stages of gum disease because they can be invisible. Some noticeable symptoms include:

  • Swollen/red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful toothaches
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding from brushing

What Are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?

Stage 1

Gum disease starts with gingivitis, also referred to as Stage 1. Gums become inflamed and swollen from bacteria. Gums may also appear red or bleed. These symptoms should not be ignored because early intervention can reverse gum disease. 

Stage 2

Periodontitis, the next stage, develops with untreated gingivitis. The gums separate from the teeth, and infection takes hold. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue. Tooth loss can occur if left untreated. A dental specialist called a periodontist can help. 

How Can I Tell if I Have Gum Disease?

Early intervention is vital with any gum issues. If you have any concerns about your gums, discuss them quickly with your dental professional. There is a professional on our team that will be able to take a look and recommend a treatment plan. 

What Are the Treatments for Gum Disease?

Osseous Surgery

Osseous surgery, also knowns as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, allows dental professionals to remove tartar from tooth roots and eliminate disease-causing bacteria. Surgery can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss and improve oral health.  

Ridge Augmentation

After tooth extraction, ridge augmentation improves the natural contour of the gums and jaw. While not medically necessary, this procedure is necessary for dental implant placement and can improve the look of your smile.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing remove the bacteria and tartar from below the gum line. This non-surgical method acts as an extension of brushing and flossing.

Guided Bone and Tissue Regeneration

Guided regeneration can help improve the health of the gum line and bone structure. Barrier membranes are placed under your gums to promote healthy tissue growth and bone regeneration.

Sinus Lift / Augmentation

In this procedure, the sinus floor is raised to promote new bone formation. The new bone helps to repair damage from periodontal disease and aid in the proper placement of implants.


The frenum, the small tissue fold in your mouth that connects your lower gums to the bottom of your tongue or that connects your upper gums to your upper lip, may be impacting your oral health. The short procedure acts to reduce the frenum for a healthier long-term oral environment.

Get Proactive Treatment for Gum Disease in Austin

Please contact the team at Niva Dental Specialists today if you have questions about your gum health or if you have been searching online for “gum disease treatment near me. We specialize in providing a comprehensive approach to oral health and periodontal treatment that includes prevention, maintenance and recovery from gum diseases and more.

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