Periodontal gum disease is a gradually advancing condition, worsening overtime as naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth blends with particles of food and saliva to form a gummy, translucent plaque that can wreak havoc on your mouth if it is not removed. Some patients assume that daily flossing and vigorous brushing are sufficient to eliminate the plaque, however, it is not. As the plaque builds up and turns into tartar on your teeth, your gums might start to become inflamed. At this point, it is important to see an experienced professional like Drs. Brian Wong and Jansen Bean at Stonebriar Dental in Frisco, TX. You should act quickly, however, as time is of the essence. When periodontal disease moves past the initial stage, which is gingivitis, into the stages called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss are very likely, and both can cause a variety of complications for patients.
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Ideal candidates for periodontal treatments vary from those dealing with swollen and bleeding gums to men and women with serious loss of soft tissues, teeth, and bone.
In some situations the condition has already led to tooth loss. No matter how badly your periodontal disease has advanced, seek treatment now to prevent further damage. Swollen and bleeding gums are quite often a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which is the second stage of the disease. This can cause bad breath that cannot be masked, uncomfortable, loose teeth, painful chewing, and receding and bleeding gums. If you are currently suffering from similar symptoms, we encourage you to make a consultation at Stonebriar Dental.
What To Expect
There are a number of periodontal procedures that might be used to counteract gum disease. The core goal of each, to prevent further infection. Drs. Wong and Bean and the staff at Stonebriar Dental usually initiate treatments with a small tool known as a probe, which works similarly to a small metal ruler which can check and measure the affected pockets beside and under the teeth. Oral x-rays may also help identify any tooth loss and deterioration. This examination will help to determine which type and how much treatment is necessary to address the condition. Therapies usually begin with a focused cleaning and plaque removal with a technique known as scaling and root planing. Our practice offers a powerful anesthetic gel that can help make this procedure more comfortable without the need for injections. Prescription medications might also be employed to ward off infections. Tissue and bone graft procedures may be recommended to patients with advanced cases of gum disease. We also provide tiny antibiotic "pellets" that can be placed on the gum trouble spots and promote healing and repair.
The trick to effective healing from many periodontal therapies is keeping rigorous dental hygiene in your home. In your consultation, our dentists will examine ways you can further take advantage of treatment by altering, enhancing, or quitting some habits, like smoking, which can intensify the effects of gum disease.
Because periodontal therapies are customized based on the seriousness of the disease and the needs of the patients, healing timeframes and directions can vary. But, it is extremely important that you brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss frequently to eliminate buildup collecting among the teeth, and then see Stonebriar Dental often for exams and professional analysis.
Since the suggested treatments for gum disease could vary, so may insurance policy and related benefits. Our staff will advocate for you on a personal basis to maximize the part of your therapies funded by your provider. If you don't have health insurance one of our financial team members can talk about treatment choices and costs with you to come up with a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. During your consult, inquire about medical financing options, and request that we help you learn more about it.
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Even though periodontal gum disease isn't entirely curable, comprehensive therapy and scheduled checkups by a superior dental staff might help to keep your symptoms manageable and mild. If you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of periodontal gum disease, or you'd like more details regarding the condition, as well as the treatment choices we currently provide, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Stonebriar Dental today.