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Periodontal Gum Disease Fort Worth, Texas

Dr. Mike Pham, DDS.

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About Periodontal Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious case and requires the immediate attention of a dental care professional. The experts at Affordable Dentist Near Me – Fort Worth can help you deal with the problem efficiently and avoid having it turn into a serious issue. You may have gum disease if your gums are red and swollen or bleeding.

It is natural for this to happen from time to time after eating something that irritates your gums or brushing too aggressively. If, however, this happens on a regular basis you probably have some type of gum disease. Another symptom is bad breath, loose teeth, pain while chewing, sensitive teeth or teeth that appear longer.

Periodontitis and Gingivitis

Periodontitis and Gingivitis

In its early stages, gum disease can cause some irritation and bleeding. There may be some discomfort, but it will be minimal. This stage is called gingivitis. If, however, it is left untreated the disease will spread, and the gums will start to recede by pulling away from the tooth. This creates pockets in the gum tissue that can expose more of the tooth structure and the root system.

Once exposed, the tooth and roots can easily become infected as bacteria can gather and start to irritate the area. This can lead to cavities and infections along with bone loss. In other cases, the bone loss is coupled with receding gums and results in tooth loss and decay. This is severe periodontitis and requires surgeries and regular treatments to fix.

The Treatment Process

gum disease

The experts at Affordable Dentist Near Me will make a recommendation after examining your teeth and gums to determine the source of the problem and what should be done to address it. The treatment plan is often dictated by the severity of the gum disease. We recommend that patients throughout Texas look for the telltale signs and schedule an appointment immediately so that the least invasive procedure can be used to correct the problem.

If the disease has progressed too far, surgeries are needed to treat the diseased gums. The first step in addressing gum disease is to complete a deep cleaning. By removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, we can help patients throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area in starting the healing process. Once the bacteria and plaque have been removed, the gums will start to heal naturally.

If the plaque is only around the edge of the gum line, a standard teeth cleaning will work. If it has become trapped between the gums and teeth, a scaling and root planning procedure will be required. In this case, the dental care professional will need to scrape the plaque off from the teeth underneath the gums. Some dentists use a laser to complete the procedure faster and it depends on the existing dental condition of the patient. Laser is avoided if the gums are found to be infected too much in which case the laser can aggravate the damage.

When surgery is required, it is typically because the gums have receded so significantly. When pockets form in the gum tissue, they need to be restored in order to protect the tooth again. In this case, a gum graft can be helpful. This works by taking tissue from the roof of the mouth or another area and grafting it to the gums so that the gum tissue can start to regenerate.

The gums then need to be secured back around the tooth in order to protect it and the roots. If bone loss has occurred as a result of gum disease, a bone graft may be necessary in order to restore and strengthen the tooth. In this procedure natural or synthetic bone is compacted into the area and sealed so that the bone can start to regenerate.

Consult with the expert dentists at Affordable Dentist Near Me to treat your gum issue. Visit our office in Fort Worth or call 817-496-2343 to schedule an appointment.