About Gum Disease
Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection that impacts the gums and bone tissues that support your teeth and may result in serious damage to your oral health. There are three stages of gum disease that range from mild to severe. The first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by a buildup of plaque-bacteria around the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis can develop into the second stage, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your teeth. Advanced periodontitis is the final phase of periodontal disease and may result in tooth mobility and even the loss of teeth. In fact, gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss among adults today. To take care of periodontal disease, Trusted Dental Care offers several treatments depending on the intensity of the disease, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, and laser gum treatment. If gum disease may be affecting your health, contact our office in Wylie, TX to schedule an examination with leading general dentist Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot.
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Do You Have Gum Disease?
Gum disease may not be easy to detect on your own, which is why it is important to schedule routine dental checkups at Trusted Dental Care. This provides Dr. G. a chance to evaluate your gum tissues and bone level and treat a periodontal infection before it further impacts your mouth and overall wellness. Apart from causing tooth loss and other oral effects, periodontal disease has been linked to a number of general health concerns, including diabetes, stroke, pregnancy issues, and heart disease, along with several others.
Our team will regularly screen for gum disease when you visit for cleaning and checkup appointments — but please get in touch with us if you notice one or more of the following symptoms between visits:
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing
- Tender or red gums
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Pus around the gums
Treating Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease treatments will be based on the severity of the infection. If Dr. G. diagnoses you with gum disease, he will discuss his recommendations for your treatment strategy. For gingivitis cases, a general dental cleaning paired with improved home care is often ideal to resolve the condition. Periodontitis may be addressed with nonsurgical scaling and root planing with localized delivery of antibiotics or laser gum treatment. If advanced gum disease is affecting your oral health, gum surgery may be the best method of care. Treating gum disease as early as possible can minimize the damage and stop the disease process.
Following Periodontal Care
Your recovery following periodontal disease treatment will vary depending on the type of procedure performed. To fully address your needs, your periodontal care may be performed over the course of a few appointments at Trusted Dental Care. After your gum health is reestablished, Dr. G. will likely recommend that you visit our team for periodontal maintenance cleaning appointments every 3 – 4 months. These visits replace bi-annual dental cleanings and help to prevent periodontal disease from reoccurring and further impacting your oral and general health.
Insurance coverage for gum disease therapy will vary depending upon the seriousness of the disease and the processes required to treat the condition. If you are using dental insurance, then our office will contact your insurance company to learn about your coverage and determine any personal costs. Please do not avoid periodontal care due to financial concerns, as this can lead to bigger problems and more costly treatments. Trusted Dental Care takes a range of flexible payment options and may be able to help you find low-interest medical financing.
Stop Gum Disease in Its Tracks
Gum disease is progressive and can seriously affect your oral and general health without proper therapy. At Trusted Dental Care, we will work with you to restore your gum health and help you enjoy the lasting benefits of a healthy smile. For more information or to schedule a gum disease consultation with Dr. G., talk to our friendly team in Wylie, TX today.
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