Gum Disease

Gum disease affects tissues surrounding the teeth. As an inflammatory condition, gum disease can lead to red, swollen, and bleeding gums at its earliest stage (gingivitis).

Gums beginning to pull back from the tooth, bone loss, halitosis, and/or potential loss of the tooth can be signs of more advanced gum disease (periodontitis). 

Approximately 75% of adults suffer from some form of gum disease.

Gum disease can be identified by a drop of blood on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth. If left untreated, it can result in inflammation of the gums, causing the tissue and bone around your teeth to deteriorate.

Therefore, not seeking treatment quickly, could lead to permanent gum damage, resulting in a deterioration of your oral health. This could cause other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.

Gum Disease Treatment Dallas Fort Worth

At ToothHQ Dental Specialists, we are here to give you a bright and healthy smile. We are proud to provide a safe environment with the latest dental technology. Contact us now if you want to know more about our dental services or have questions about gum disease.

We are highly committed to giving our amazing patients the service they deserve when it comes to maintaining those pearly whites.

Gum Disease Types

To understand the topic better, let’s look at the different stages of gum disease, and the steps needed to address this problem. 

  • Gingivitis: The earliest and most common type of periodontal disease occurs when plaque develops around your gums. Common symptoms of gingivitis include puffy, irritated, or swollen gums. If not treated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Most treatments will involve deep cleaning.
  • Early Periodontitis: If you don’t take care of gingivitis, it can result in early periodontitis. Typical symptoms include gum bleeding, bone loss, and plaque build-up below the gum line. When you reach this level, additional treatments may be needed, like deep cleaning, laser therapy, or a combination of both.
  • Advanced Periodontitis: The highest level of periodontal disease, advanced periodontitis, transpires when empty pockets develop between the teeth and gums. This will eventually show in the jawbone, resulting in jawbone loss. Treatment options include deep cleaning, laser therapy, and a bone graft.

Let’s treat your Gum Disease

To see if you have gum disease, one of our specialized periodontists will check the space between your gums and teeth. If you have pockets deeper than the average of three millimeters, you could be a candidate for gum disease treatment. Your periodontists will suggest a follow-up appointment where we would suggest different options. The most common types of treatments include:

  • Deep cleaning: Given the gum disease is in its infant stage, a deep cleaning may be all you need to reverse the damage developed over time while mitigating any additional damage.
  • Scaling and Root Planing: A popular method used to tackle periodontal disease. Scaling is a process known to remove tartar build-up, either on your teeth or below your gum line. Root planing is the removal of tartar just under the root line.
  • Surgery: In advanced cases of gum disease, surgery on the gums may be needed, along with regenerative procedures. This type of surgery can restore lost tissue and eliminate the disease altogether.
  • Bone graft: This procedure places grafting material (bone from a human or animal donor or synthetic material) on affected areas of the teeth covered by a collagen membrane to promote growth, protect the graft, and save the teeth.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

Gum disease symptoms can occur gradually if not caught early enough. Contact us today if you sense any the following symptoms:

  • General gum bleeding
  • Gums receding 
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Sensitivity

Gum Disease Prevention 

If you want to prevent gum disease:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly.
  • Practice proper brushing and flossing techniques.
  • Continue to schedule regular checkups with your periodontist every six months or monthly if you suffer from advanced periodontal issues.

In conclusion, with a consistent oral health care routine, you will reduce your risk of periodontal gum disease. 

Gum Disease Investment Care

The cost of treating your gum disease is determined by several factors, such as the severity of the disease, any additional procedures needed before or along with treatment, or insurance plans.

Our team is here to help complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have regarding billing.

We request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork for patients with insurance plans to expedite this process.

Take note: To minimize the cost of gum disease treatment while still maintaining the highest level of dental care, we have the following financial policies:

  • We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
  • Full payment due after services rendered
  • Available payment plan options via www.CareCredit.com
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No, dental bonding isn’t painful. When Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra applies bonding to repair a tooth, they are only working on the surface of the tooth. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure is finished, but this is often easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and typically goes away quickly.

No, dental bonding isn’t painful. When Dr. Hamlett or Dr. La Mastra applies bonding to repair a tooth, they are only working on the surface of the tooth. Some people may experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure is finished, but this is often easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and typically goes away quickly.

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FAQ for Gum Disease

Yes, gum disease can be cured as it is all about removing bacteria from your mouth and allowing gums to go back to a healthy state.

Yes, gum disease is reversible and can only be eliminated by a professional cleaning at dental clinics.

 

Stage 1: Gingivitis- Initial

Stage 2: Periodontitis- severe with potential for tooth loss. 

Stage 3: Advanced periodontitis- severe with potential for losing all teeth.

Factors responsible for gum disease include: 

  • Gingivitis. 
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco. 
  • Genetics
  • Inadequate nutrition, including vitamin C deficiency
  • Obesity. 
  • Hormonal changes, such as those related to pregnancy or menopause, etc.