We Provide Exceptional Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease (sometimes called gum disease or periodontitis) is an infection affecting the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth. Healthy gums are “tight” and pink in color; whereas infected gums turn red, become spongy, and can sometimes cause your infected teeth to become loose. The disease is caused when bacteria (found in plaque) produces toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums; thus, causing infection and inflammation.
Surprisingly, this rarely causes pain.
What most people don’t know is that periodontal disease is life-threatening. Backed by sound evidence, scientific research concluded that gum disease is linked to many life-threatening illnesses and diseases.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA) website, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, premature births, and rheumatoid arthritis. Scary, right?
Additional common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen gums
- Dark buildup between teeth
- Bleeding gums when you floss
- Constant bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Decaying teeth
It is possible for a patient to detect any of these signs, but usually people can have gum disease without even knowing it. For instance, most people just ignore bleeding gums when flossing, but this can actually be a sign of periodontal disease.
We assess the severity of your condition accurately by conducting a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth. A healthy pocket (around every tooth) is typically 3mm deep or less. The greater the pocket depth, the more severe your periodontal disease is. When the pocket attracts tartar, food particles, or bacteria inside of it (like a splinter), the gums and bone pull back and off of the tooth root. Your body can’t fight this infection with the “splinter” stuck to the root.
The resulting condition is a deeper and deeper pocket. What ensues is a progressive breakdown of the tissue and bone.
- We are fully aware that the daily treatment and removal of oral bacteria and plaque are both key strategies to maintaining a healthy mouth.
- That is why our North Texas dentists supply you and your family with proven solutions to combat periodontal disease.
- Our McKinney dentists treat periodontal disease based on its severity. If you have gingivitis (the early phase of periodontal disease), we typically perform a routine cleaning (sometimes it takes 2 visits to clear up this infection), and we recommend changes to your at-home oral care.
- If the disease progresses to cause deeper pockets, we must conduct a scaling and planing procedure or gum therapy. We use hand scaling techniques and an ultra sonic scaler to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria underneath your gums, and often place antibiotics (ARESTIN®) in the pockets (like NeoSporin® on a wound).
After the treatment is finished, we will have you back in 6 weeks later for a follow-up visit. At this time, we check your periodontal pockets again, and go over any further home care instructions we may have for you.
Most of you probably are not aware that once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will always potentially have it. The bacteria that causes this damage will attempt to “recolonize” in about 90 days. This is why we recommended effective at-home oral care, and a 3-month maintenance appointment with us for a more thorough cleaning of your gums and tooth pockets.
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) indicates that 3 out of 4 Americans have some form of periodontal disease. We do not want you or your family to join this outrageous statistic.
To schedule your periodontal checkup to ensure harmful gum disease bacteria doesn’t exist, you can call us today at 972-547-6453. Our office is conveniently open 6 days a week to better serve your needs!