Continuing Care for Periodontal Disease
Ongoing Treatment For Gum Disease
Why extra appointments are so important.
If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, know that you’re not alone. It’s estimated that half of all adults in the US are affected by some form of the condition (which can also go by names like gingivitis, periodontal disease, and periodontitis). As your care proceeds, you’ll learn that ongoing appointments are an important part of periodontal treatment.
Periodontal treatment is ongoing because the disease process is ongoing. Periodontitis has a nasty habit of recurring, even with the most careful at-home brushing and flossing. Additional appointments allow us to stay on top of the problem by containing the bacterial infection and preventing disease from cropping up elsewhere.
How often do I need to come in?
Every case is different—treatment times vary depending on the severity of infection and response to treatment. Only a consultation with a dentist can determine your individual treatment plan, so if you have signs of periodontal disease (bleeding, swollen, painful gums), please contact us at (512) 328-0911.
If you’ve already taken that first step of becoming a patient, then keep up the good work! Do your best to make it to your next appointment. If something comes up, make sure to reschedule rather than canceling. We will, of course, try to work around the demands of job and family. We’re here to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.