dallas periodontal health

Our team is proud to offer advanced treatment options to manage periodontal disease and improve your smile’s health. Taking care to treat issues like periodontal disease help you enjoy better oral health and avoid major complications like tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, family dentist talks about our approach to periodontal care and when you should see our team for treatment!

The Causes and Warning Signs of Poor Gum Health

Trouble starts when your gums become inflamed, which can happen due to factors like poor brushing and flossing, a diet high in sugar and starch, tobacco use, and plaque buildup. If the inflammation remains untreated, the tissues could eventually pull away from the teeth to provide pockets for disease-causing bacteria to enter, leading to periodontal disease. In the early stages, you may experience sore, red gums that bleed easily. As the issue grows in severity, your tissues could recede from the teeth to make teeth appear long or uneven, and you could risk tooth loss once the periodontitis stage develops.

Your Initial Consultation

Our team will take a close look at your smile with advanced imaging technology, so we can look for signs of inflammation, as well as damage to ligaments, tendons, and bone structure due to the disease. Once we assess the severity of your periodontal issues, we can craft a treatment plan to manage it and keep your smile healthy and whole.

Possible Treatment Options

If we catch the issue in the early stages, a Scaling and Root Planing could be used to remove buildup for the surfaces of the teeth and the roots as well. This is more involved than a traditional cleaning, and could take more than one visit to complete. Afterward, traditional cleanings every three to four months can help manage the disease.

If you have gum recession, part of your treatment could include Gum Grafts to cover the exposed portions of the roots and to reshape the gum line, improving the health of your teeth and gums. Our team will take tissues from other parts of your smile, and ensure an attractive appearance and better oral health.

If deep pockets have formed due to periodontal disease, then we need to reduce the depth to make the disease more manageable and protect your smile from periodontitis and tooth loss. With Pocket Reduction Surgery, we will pull back tissues to destroy harmful pockets of bacteria. We then smooth the roots and teeth with a scaling and root planing, enabling healthy tissues to reattach to the teeth.

Your Dallas, TX, Dentist Wants Offer Improved Oral Health

Our team wants to keep your smile whole by keeping your gums healthy and strong. For more information on our treatments, then please schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).