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Gum Disease Treatment Dallas Fort Worth

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

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

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

Gum disease can be identified as a drop of blood on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can result in the gums being inflamed, causing the tissue and bone around your teeth to deteriorate. If you don’t seek treatment quickly, you could permanently damage your gums, resulting in a deterioration of your oral health. This could cause other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.

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. If you would like to know more about our dental services, or questions about gum disease, contact us now. Our highest commitment is to give our amazing patients the service they deserve when it comes to maintaining those pearly whites. 

Gum Disease Types

To understand what gum disease is, let’s look at the different stages of gum disease. and the steps we need to follow to address this problem. 

Here are three stages of gum disease:

  • 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 treatment will involve deep cleaning.
  • Early Periodontitis: If you don’t take care of the gingivitis early periodontitis can transpire. 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 depth of three millimeters or less, you could be a qualified candidate for gum disease treatment. Your periodontists will suggest a follow up appointment where we would suggest different treatment 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 given to tackling periodontal disease. Scaling’s 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 need to be performed, along with regenerative procedures. This type of surgery can restore lost tissue and eliminate the disease all together.
  • 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 to save the teeth.

Gum Disease Warning Signs

Gum Disease symptoms can occur gradually, if not caught early enough. Contact us today if you sense the following symptoms associated with gum disease:  

  • General Gum bleeds 
  • Gums Receding 
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Sensitivity

Gum Disease Prevention 

If you want to prevent gum disease from happening, 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. With a consistent oral health care routine, you will reduce your risk with periodontal gum disease issues.

Gum Disease Investment Care

A number of factors are associated with the cost of treating your gum disease. Depending on how severe your gum disease may be, to any additional procedures prior to or along with this treatment, with your insurance plan.

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

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

Take note: to minimize costs to our patients 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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