Gum Disease Treatment – Dallas, TX
Treat Gum Disease & Preserve Your Smile
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in the country, estimated to impact one out of every two adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At each of your routine checkups, Dr. Vanina Arrechea and our dental hygienists will examine your mouth for any early signs of this condition. If we spot any symptoms, we may recommend gum disease treatment in Dallas to help reduce its impact on your oral health and preserve your grin.
Why Choose Daily Smiles Dental for Gum Disease Treatment?
- A Dentist with Over 20 Years of Experience
- We Accept Most Major PPO Dental Insurances
- Happily Treating Patients of All Ages
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an oral infection that develops as a result of a build-up of harmful oral bacteria. The bacteria within your mouth feeds off sugars and carbohydrates leftover from food debris and which make-up plaque and tartar, which is why gum disease is often a result of poor oral hygiene.
The early stage of the infection is referred to as gingivitis, often causing symptoms that aren’t so alarming, like bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth. However, when the condition progresses into periodontitis, it can lead to gum inflammation, the deterioration of the soft and hard oral tissues supporting your teeth, and even tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease can lead to a wide range of symptoms depending on its progression, including:
- Swollen, red, and tender gums.
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Gum recession that makes teeth appear longer.
- A change in bite.
- Loose permanent teeth.
At your routine checkups , our team will measure the pockets of your gums and ask you about your symptoms in an effort to diagnose gum disease as early as possible.
How Do We Treat Gum Disease?
The method of treatment that we recommend will depend on how far the gum disease has progressed. In some cases, we may suggest both scaling and root planing and antibiotic therapy together, but our team will always walk you through the treatment plan in detail so you can make the best decisions for your smile moving forward.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing, also referred to as a deep cleaning, is a two-step process that involves clearing all of the plaque and tartar off the surface of the teeth, as far down as the pockets of the gums. We’ll then remove any hardened pockets of bacteria from the roots of the teeth, which will allow the gums to healthily reattach to the teeth to protect the vulnerable underlying structures.
In combination with scaling and root planing, we may also recommend antibiotic therapy to help your body fight off the effects of the infection and minimize the prevalence of bacteria linked to gum disease within your mouth. We may prescribe this in the form of a pill, which requires you to complete the prescription to prevent the bacteria from developing a resistance to antibiotics.