Anyone can develop gum disease during the course of their lifespan. In the early stage of gingivitis, gum disease can often be overlooked due to its mild symptoms. As a result, most people don’t seek dental treatment. Left unchecked, however, gum disease symptoms can worsen, causing more serious dental issues like receding gums, painful chewing, and periodontal pockets (openings around your teeth below the gum line where bacteria can breed), which can destroy the bone structure of your teeth and cause tooth loss. At North Mesquite Dental Group in Mesquite, Texas, we offer periodontal therapy to help treat gum disease and reverse its symptoms. Through this treatment, we can help restore your oral health and preserve your teeth.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease doesn’t develop overnight – it could be the result of months or years of plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Early on, you may experience mild symptoms in the form of:
- Bad breath
- Dark, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
As the disease progresses, your symptoms may escalate to:
- Painful chewing
- Receding gums
- Periodontal pockets
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
Dr. Tina Foss can diagnose gum disease during a routine dental exam so you can get immediate treatment. Here’s what you can expect from periodontal therapy.
Periodontal Pocket Treatment
We’ll conduct a thorough dental exam to determine the severity of your condition. We’ll take X-rays to see if you have bone loss, assess your tooth and gum health, and measure your periodontal pockets to judge the damage caused to your teeth. This will help us outline a treatment plan.
For periodontal therapy, we use non-invasive treatments like scaling and root planing, aka deep cleaning, and antibiotics to eliminate bacterial infection and restore oral health.
Scaling entails removing plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth, both above and below the gum line, and cleansing periodontal pockets of infectious disease. Dr. Foss uses special dental tools to eliminate the infection, so your gums have a chance to heal. Root planing entails smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth to reduce plaque and bacteria build-up.
Deep cleaning helps diminish periodontal pockets to reverse receding gums and promote healing. With the infection under control, your gums have a chance to reattach to your teeth, forming the tight bond they once had before you developed the dental disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Foss may also recommend antibiotics to help expedite your treatment. It’s normal for you to experience tooth and gum sensitivity after deep cleaning. We can recommend medication to reduce any pain or discomfort you may feel.
Periodontal Therapy Near Me in Mesquite, Texas
Through periodontal therapy, your Mesquite, TX, dentist can help restore your oral health and preserve the beauty of your smile well into the future. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can enjoy healthier, stronger teeth.
To schedule a consultation for gum disease diagnosis and treatment, contact Dr. Tina Foss from North Mesquite Dental Group, Mesquite, TX, at (972) 619-7763.
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