Gum disease or periodontal disease is caused by bacterial growth in your mouth. If left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss and jaw bone deterioration. If you are suffering from this condition, it is crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Silver Sage Family Dentistry is proud to offer quality periodontal dentistry in Fort Worth, Texas. Our dentists are trained to diagnose and treat gum disease for our patients.
Preventing gum disease begins with a good oral hygiene plan at home. Of course, brushing and flossing go a long way toward curbing plaque buildup and infections. Through regular office visits, we will professionally clean and scrape your teeth to remove tartar and stains.
A periodontist helps you to maintain healthy gums and teeth by removing plaque below the gum lines. Left untreated, the increased tartar feeds bacteria that eat at the roots of your teeth and gums. Often known as gingivitis, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
During your visit, we will carefully evaluate your teeth and gums. If we see that your gums are starting to build plaque, we will outline any necessary treatment options. Our periodontal treatments include:
The first step is often scaling and root planing. When a dentist does a scaling, they are scraping away built-up plaque that is forming below the gums. Removing the plaque is essential in reducing bacteria - the cause of gingivitis. The next task is a root planing. This involves polishing the roots leaving them smooth. This helps to prevent plaque and bacteria from clinging to the roots.
If your gums are puffy causing teeth to look smaller, our periodontist may opt for dental crown lengthening. This means trimming the gums to expose more of the tooth.
Having deep pockets between the teeth and gums is a sign of an advanced stage of gum disease. The periodontal pockets allow gum disease to spread throughout the mouth. Eliminating these with pocket reduction is crucial to providing proper treatment for the condition. We will apply an antimicrobial liquid directly to the pockets to kill the bacteria that has infested the area. Pockets will then begin to shrink and eventually disappear.
When bacteria eat away at the bone, your jaw may not be stable enough to support your teeth or dental implants if needed. To create a strong support base, bone grafting material may be used.
When teeth need to be extracted, their vacated sockets can weaken your jaw’s structure and support base. Ridge preservations address the vacated sockets by building up the area with regenerating bone grafts. The solidified area can later support implants and other dental work.
Early stages of gum disease include puffy or bleeding gums, loosened teeth and tooth pain. You may notice darkened teeth. Scheduling regular dental visits will help your dentist notice any early signs. With early detection, gum disease is usually reversible.
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is caused by the buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can irritate the gums. In most cases, regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups can prevent gum disease. Other factors that might increase your risk include smoking, stress, hormonal changes, chronic diseases and certain medications.
As the bacteria grow, you may experience pain and bleeding. The excess pain will make it more difficult to brush. If left unchecked gum disease can lead to poor gum health and deterioration at the roots. Eventually, teeth may fall out. The bacteria may not be localized and can spread to other teeth and affect the jaw bone.
Gum disease does not have to be a hidden danger. Get checked today to reduce your risk of gum disease in Fort Worth. Call Silver Sage Family Dentistry at (817) 520-1700 to book your appointment.