Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment (Gum Disease) in Plano, TX

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What is periodontal disease?

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. Tim 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.

What are the 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.

What comprises 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

Periodontal Treatment FAQ

How much is periodontal treatment?
The cost of periodontal treatment can vary based on the severity of your gum disease and the specific treatments required. Periodontal treatment at Parker West Dental Associates involves a personalized approach, which may include procedures such as deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), soft tissue grafts, and other interventions. To determine the exact cost of your periodontal treatment, it's recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nguyen, so he can assess your oral health, discuss treatment options, and provide you with a detailed cost estimate tailored to your individual needs.

Can periodontal disease be reversed?
While advanced stages of gum disease cannot be completely reversed, timely intervention and periodontal treatment at Parker West Dental Associates can effectively manage the condition, halt its progression, and restore gum health. Early-stage periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, can often be reversed through consistent oral hygiene practices, regular dental cleanings, and improved dental care routines. It's important to address gum disease as soon as it's detected to prevent it from advancing to more severe stages, which may lead to irreversible damage.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?
Preventing periodontal disease involves maintaining excellent oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash can help remove plaque and bacteria that contribute to gum disease. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings at Parker West Dental Associates in Plano, TX are essential for early detection of periodontal disease and intervention before it progresses to the later stages of the disease.


How can I Prevent periodontal disease?

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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