Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease) – Plano, TX*

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Overview

Periodontal disease affects close to 75% of most adults in some way. Otherwise known as gum disease, this condition is an infection of the gum tissues and if not treated, can lead to further infection and possible tooth loss. Plano, TX cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ron Bosher and Dr. Timothy Nguyen, offer periodontal treatment for patients that show early signs of gum disease. He offers all the latest techniques of nonsurgical periodontal therapy. One of the most recent advancements in this technique is using the diode laser.  This can reduce the need for surgical treatment to restore the gingiva to their best condition possible.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Some of the common signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are red, puffy, and tender
  • Gums that bleed during flossing and brushing
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Teeth that are loose or have shifted
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

During routine dental examinations, both the dentist and his assistant and hygienist will check for signs of periodontal disease. If we find infection, the dentist will recommend a course of treatment, which may include antibiotic medications, deep cleanings, and nonsurgical periodontal treatment as well. We will set up a treatment regimen to help restore health to your teeth and gums.

Periodontal Therapy

The goal of periodontal treatment is to restore the health of the gum and to thoroughly clean the pockets around the teeth. Patients who have early signs of gum disease will be treated conservatively in the initial stages with scaling (which is a tool that removes tarter and plaque from the tooth near the gum line), and root planing (which creates a smoother root surface). The dentist may also use local antibiotic chips placed under the gums to help with inflammation. This prevents the need for systemic antibiotics and its side effects. Patients with more serious signs of gum disease may need further treatment, which may entail:

  • Gum Pocket Removal/Reduction Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Grafts
  • Gum Lift Surgery
  • Bone Grafting
  • Tooth Restoration

Prevention

Periodontal disease can sneak up on you quickly if you do not adhere to a healthy, regular oral hygiene routine. Our cosmetic dentist office recommends the following measures to help keep your gums healthy and reduce the risk of periodontal disease:

  • Get annual examinations and regular professional cleanings
  • Use a soft-edge toothbrush and brush twice a day, while gently massaging the gums
  • Floss everyday
  • Use a mouthwash or special mouth rinse per our recommendation
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