• Mary Swift, D.D.S. | General Dentist
  • Terrel Myers, D.D.S. | General Dentist
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Periodontal Disease Treatment – Dallas, TX

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Overview

Periodontal disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis, are infections of the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth and mouth. Untreated periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, and the bacteria associated with periodontitis has been linked to heart disease, blood clots, stroke, and buildup of plaque in the circulatory system. At Dallas Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers check every patient for signs of periodontal disease during their regular dental exam. Part of our commitment to more pleasant dental visits includes catching and treating problems early.

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Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease are gums that bleed when you brush or floss, bad breath, spaces between the teeth, pus in the teeth and gums, and loose teeth. In its early stages, periodontal disease is called gingivitis, but as it progresses, it becomes periodontitis. Treatment options are less invasive if the periodontal disease is caught early, so Dallas Laser Dentistry encourages everyone to have regular dental exams and cleanings.

What to Expect

Our hygienists will chart the current condition of your gums, and Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers will complete a periodontal evaluation and plan a course of treatment. Periodontal disease treatment will include ultrasonic scaling and root planning to remove the infection. At the same visit, laser therapy may be performed to remove dead tissue, sterilize the pockets of infection, and speed healing. Periodic visits for periodontal maintenance are scheduled, at which time antibiotics, such as Arestin, may used to control and eliminate any recurrent localized infection. In cases of advanced periodontal disease, dental surgery may be required.

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Causes of Gum Disease?

Most periodontal diseases are caused by poor oral health care that creates plaque buildup in the teeth and gums. Like most dental problems, periodontal diseases can be prevented by daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental exams and cleanings. However, in some cases periodontal diseases can affect patient with good oral health during pregnancy, from certain medications, genetic predisposition, and the use of tobacco products.

Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the early stages of periodontal disease that means excess dental plaque has infected the gums and the spaces between the teeth. Patients with gingivitis notice that their teeth and gums feel tender and often bleed when they brush and floss, but don’t stop brushing and flossing! Make an appointment to come in and see Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers as soon as possible so they can diagnose and treat the problem.

Periodontitis?

Patients who ignore the signs of gingivitis often develop periodontitis, an advanced stage of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontitis can erode the gums and bone, causing tooth loss and other dental problems. Dental surgery to reduce gum pockets, lengthen crowns, and graft soft tissue are part of the treatment for periodontitis.

Contagious?

Another reason to take great care of your teeth? No one will want to kiss you out of fear of getting periodontitis. Studies have shown that the bacteria that causes periodontitis can be transmitted by saliva, which means anyone who might come into contact with your saliva (through kissing, sharing food utensils or toothbrushes) is at risk for developing periodontal disease.

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