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Gum Therapy for Gum Disease

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Adults who do not see a dentist for regular cleanings may be unaware that they are in danger of losing their teeth. Gum disease may be the culprit. Gum therapy is the best known treatment for gum disease.

 

Gingivitis

It’s estimated that 80% of adults have some form of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed. However, if gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to advanced gum disease.

Periodontitis

Advanced gum disease is also known as periodontitis. The symptoms are typically silent until the disease has become severe. However, a dentist can detect gum disease much sooner during checkups and cleanings. Some of the symptoms of periodontitis are:

• Gums appear red and swollen, and they are tender and bleeding.
• Chewing is painful.
• Teeth become loose and sensitive.
• Teeth appear longer because of the receding gumline.
• Some patients also experience bad breath.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your dentist to start the gum disease treatment also known as gum therapy. The sooner the disease is detected and treatment started, the less damage will occur to the teeth and gums.

What is Gum Disease?

Plaque and tarter that build up under the gum and around the tooth hold bacteria that destroy tissue and bone. If these bacteria are never removed, it will eat away at the gums and bone until the teeth loosen and fall out. If a person with these symptoms does not receive gum disease treatment for their periodontitis, they risk gum loss, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

Other Health Problems Associated with Gum Disease

Some studies have suggested that gum disease may be a contributing factor to other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. In addition, gum disease may contribute to lower self-esteem and depression. Keeping a healthy smile is good for your mind and body in so many ways!

Prevent Gum Disease with Regular Dental Cleanings

To prevent gum disease, it is important for patients to receive regular dental cleanings. Only a dentist has the special tools to get rid of damaging tartar. Also, it is always important to practice good dental hygiene at home by brushing well and flossing.

Treatment for Gum Disease

Gum therapy is used to stop or slow the damage caused by gum disease. Gum therapy is the leading choice for gum disease treatment. It consists of a thorough cleaning below the gum near the root. This may be done is one appointment, but it often takes multiple appointments for best results.

Gum Disease Costs

A deep cleaning for a patient with gum disease costs more than a regular cleaning. It may also have to be performed more often during the year to keep gum disease at bay. Treatment for gum disease costs will depend on the extent of the disease. Sometimes, a referral to a specialist is needed if the disease is more advanced.

If you think you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait! Call for an appointment (214-692-1050) today.

Dr. Miller

About WILLIAM MILLER

Dr. William H. Miller, D.M.D. has been practicing dentistry in Texas since 1985. For over 30 years, he has had a passion for personalized, quality care dentistry. He has been in the DFW area his entire career and is conveniently located on Walnut Hill Lane across from Presbyterian Hospital in North Dallas. His office offers a wide range of dental services that include crowns, bridges, implant services, dentures, root canals, fillings, cosmetic dentistry and other restorative procedures. [more]

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