Few people realize how difficult it really is to detect periodontal disease and how damaging it can be. In fact, conservative estimates state that over 80% of the population is walking around entirely unaware that they have a significant level of chronic gum disease. That’s where we come in. We’re on a mission to help arrest and control gum disease, gently and professionally making use of the latest available technology, methods and materials.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is better known as gum disease. When the strong bond between the tooth and gum are attacked and broken down by infection caused by tartar and bacteria, the inner layer of gum begins to pull away. The pockets collect debris, more bacteria, and plaque, and can become infected and spread below the gum line causing bone to recede, and teeth to loosen in their sockets. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults.
What Causes Gum Disease?
There are a number of reasons why a patient might develop gum disease. Some causes are squarely within our control, while others we may have no power to regulate. Although gum disease is generally more prevalent after 30-40 years of age, it can appear in younger patients. In addition, men are generally more susceptible than women. Risk factors include:
- Hormonal changes
- Tobacco use
- Poor oral hygiene
- Family history
- Some medications or treatments
- Illnesses such as Cancer, or HIV or AIDS
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis, and it’s characterized by sensitive gums that are irritated or bleed when you brush your teeth. Although gingivitis can lead to full-blown gum disease if left untreated, at this stage of periodontal disease, patients don’t experience extensive damage and tooth loss, and the effects are often reversible if found and cared for immediately. If you experience sore, receding gums, teeth that feel loose, have bad breath, or seem to have changes in your bite, these can be indications of more advanced stages of gum disease, and it’s important to seek dental care immediately.
Treating Gum Disease
If Dr. Bass or Dr. Hall find that you have early or late stage gum disease, we can help. Our Plano periodontal practice offers the following services to halt the progression of gum disease and restore optimal oral health:
- Comprehensive periodontal examinations
- Comprehensive treatment strategies
- Non-surgical mechanical methods: scaling & root planing
- Chemo-therapeutic methods: local and systemic antibiotic therapies
- Surgical methods: restrictive & regenerative bone treatment
- Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure
- Oral Medicine: Biopsy Services
Dr. Bass and Dr. Hall are accepting new patients and provide gentle periodontal treatment in a relaxing environment. Find out more about the periodontal and dental implant care we provide in Plano, Texas. Patients in and around the communities of Dallas, Coppell, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Carrollton, The Colony, Richardson, Frisco, Allen, and McKinney find us conveniently located, as well. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve a healthy smile and optimal oral health.