Gum Disease Plano, TX
Keep your natural teeth with gum disease treatment in Plano, TX
More adult teeth are lost to gum disease than any other condition. That fact is shocking, but the overall health impact of periodontal disease is even more concerning. The good news is that with diligent oral care, gum disease is largely preventable. If you have gum disease, effective treatment at Southfork Dental in Irving and Plano, TX gets it under control and helps to protect your health.
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.
Understanding the seriousness of gum infection
Gingivitis is mild inflammation of gum tissue. It occurs when bacteria are not cleaned from mouth surfaces with regular oral hygiene. Bacteria form a sticky plaque film that traps food debris. As the microbes eat, they produce acid excretions that inflame soft tissues. Plaque hardens into tartar at the gumline, causing further irritation. Indicators of gingivitis include receding gums, persistent bad breath, and bleeding when you brush or floss.
Without treatment, pathogens penetrate deeper, attacking connective tissues that anchor teeth. Eventually periodontitis dissolves bone, as well. Teeth get loose and fall out or must be extracted.
Meanwhile, pathogens enter the bloodstream through infected soft tissues, and are swallowed and aspirated. Bacteria that cause gum disease are linked to grave health issues including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cardiovascular disease (increased risk of heart attack and stroke)
- Certain cancers
- Kidney disease
- Premature births
- Respiratory ailments
Effective gum disease treatment in Plano, TX
Patients from across the Plano and Frisco area trust Dr. Bindu Kolli to help them get gum health back on track. Treatment begins with a thorough regular dental cleaning, removing plaque and tartar from teeth. Then, deep cleaning (sometimes called scaling and root planing) is performed to remove bacteria from root surfaces, encouraging gums to re-establish a tight seal to teeth. Topical antibiotics may be applied to pockets around tooth roots or prescribed orally. In some cases, disease gum tissue is removed to promote healing. Local anesthetic and sedation are available for these procedures, to ensure your comfort during treatment.
Then, with good home hygiene, more frequent cleanings, a healthy diet, and smoking cessation, most patients maintain healthy gum tissues.
If you think you might have gum disease, please do not wait another day. Call 469-535-6939 for an appointment at Southfork Dental in Irving or Plano, TX.