Dr. Brock Lynn is a board certified periodontist and specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. He offers his patients the most comprehensive treatment available, while he and his staff do their best to help their patients be as comfortable as possible.
When left untreated, gum disease can lead to a number of cosmetic and oral health problems.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, roots, and other surrounding areas of the teeth. This disease begins with gingivitis, which is the earliest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a very common disease that typically occurs when individuals do not regularly brush or floss teeth, leading to an infection of the gums. A few common signs of gingivitis include redness, swelling, tenderness, and bleeding of the gums.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease. Bacterial infections from periodontal disease can destroy important structures in or near your teeth and jaw. Once these structures are destroyed, you may have to have your periodontist extract a tooth or even perform oral surgery.
What are the Causes of Periodontal Disease?
The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria from plaque that is not regularly cleaned or removed from your teeth. If excessive plaque is left on your teeth, your body will attempt to fight off the bacteria coming from the plaque, causing damages to your gums and other structures. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to a number of cosmetic and oral health problems.
How Do I Prevent Periodontal Disease?
There are several ways that you can prevent periodontal disease. Some of these ways include:
- Regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing.
- Regularly visiting your trusted dentist for dental cleanings
- Contacting your dental provider with any concerns
Experienced Periodontist at Lynn Dental Care
Dr. Lynn is an experienced periodontist with decades of experience. He has received extensive training and is an Associate Member of American Academy of Periodontology as well the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He has been serving the Dallas community for more than 30 years.
Gum Disease Treatment Dallas – A Foundation for Healthy Teeth
Although many people simply think of maintaining their teeth when they think of dental care, oral health encompasses much more than that. It actually begins with healthy gums. Despite the increased public awareness regarding oral health, many individuals remain unaware of the risks associated with gum disease.
At Lynn Dental Care in Dallas Texas, we focus on both preventive care and restorative treatments. Comprehensive dental care includes patient education regarding proper hygiene techniques, as well as gentle treatments to eliminate infection. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, and you would like to learn more about your treatment options, please contact our Dallas dental practice and schedule a consultation.
What is Gum Disease?
The first step in preventing gum disease is to understand it. This condition is essentially an infection of the gum tissue. It causes the gums to separate from the teeth and, if not treated, it can progress to a bone infection. The deterioration of gum and bone tissues cause teeth to become loose and eventually fall out if the infection is not stopped.
It is not possible to eliminate all oral bacteria; however, excellent hygiene practices and dental care can prevent the bacteria from congregating in the gums and causing health complications. Plaque is the sticky residue that accumulates on your teeth between brushing. It also accumulates in the shallow groove around teeth, where they meet the gums. If not removed, plaque will harden and turn into tartar, which is difficult to remove. The only effective method of preventing tartar buildup is diligent oral hygiene. If gum disease progresses it may need treatment from a periodontist.
The signs of gum disease include:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush
- Chronic bad breath
- A receding gum line
- Loose or sensitive teeth
Types of Gum Disease
Gum disease is generally categorized as gingivitis or periodontitis. The most important distinction between the two is the severity of the infection. The earliest form of gum disease is gingivitis. It is characterized by inflamed gums that bleed easily. At this stage, it can usually be reversed with good hygiene and conservative treatment.
Because gum disease is progressive, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a much more serious condition. At this stage, there are deep pockets around the teeth and the bone begins deteriorating. Periodontitis requires a more aggressive treatment plan, although gentle lasers have replaced traditional surgery at Lynn Dental Care. If not treated, periodontitis can increase the risk of other health problems, such as diabetes, respiratory difficulties, and heart disease. Dr. Lynn is a board certified periodontist, so you know you’re in good hands.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
At Lynn Dental Care, we provide a number of treatment options to patients who suffer from both mild and advanced forms of gum disease. In addition to formal treatment at our Dallas office, Dr. Lynn may recommend certain lifestyle and dietary changes to promote good oral health, including not smoking and avoiding sugary foods. Dr. Lynn’s comprehensive approach to treating gum disease has allowed him to reverse the effects of infection, and put thousands of patients back on track toward positive oral health. Dr. Lynn is an expert periodontist and knows what kind of treatments work best.
LANAP Gum Surgery
Advances in dentistry have made it possible to perform less-invasive gum surgery with lasers. LANAP, also known as a Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure, uses a laser to eliminate bacteria between the tooth and the gum line. Dr. Lynn utilizes PerioLase®, the only FDA-approved laser for gum regeneration treatments. This revolutionary treatment reduces irritation and healing time, while effectively removing all harmful bacteria. Because the surgery does not require incisions and stitches, it also preserves remaining healthy tissue, allowing healthy regeneration of gums following treatment.
Laser Pocket Decontamination
During this non-surgical procedure, Dr. Lynn uses a high-energy laser to eradicate harmful bacteria in the mouth. By using the laser directly in the affected areas, this treatment refreshes the periodontal pockets, providing a fresh start for a healthy mouth.
Root Scaling and Planing
Scaling and planing, also called deep cleaning, is a gentle procedure used to treat gum disease. Dr. Lynn believes in utilizing the most conservative and comfortable treatments available. Therefore, he recommends non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and planing, for mild to moderate gum disease.
The comfortable procedure removes plaque and tartar from the teeth, including below the gum line. It smoothens the tooth surface, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach. Patients are advised to maintain results with diligent oral hygiene and the use of a prescription mouth rinse.
A gum graft, also known as a gingival graft, relocates healthy tissue from the roof of the mouth to an area that has been affected by gum disease. This extra tissue is placed around the tooth to protect it and ward off any further infection. This procedure can significantly reduce patient sensitivities, and improve the appearance of the teeth following gum recession.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
This minimally invasive procedure for restoring receding gums involves making a small hole in the tissue of the gums, loosening the tissue and re-extending the gum tissue back over the base of the tooth. This is less invasive than traditional gum grafting with generally fewer post-operative symptoms and shorter recovery time. For more information or to see if this procedure is right for your needs contact us.
Because advanced gum disease can often lead to bone and tooth deterioration, it is sometimes necessary to rebuild the bone prior to moving forward with restorative treatments. Bone grafting involves the migration of healthy bone to areas of decay to strengthen the jaw. Doing so lays the foundation for further treatment options, such as dental implants, crowns, or implant-support dentures. During this surgery, bone can be harvested from other sections of the mouth or from the hip.
Contact Lynn Dental Care Today
Embracing new technology is a big part of what Lynn Dental Care offers their patients. Our periodontist, Dr. Lynn, uses lasers to perform less-invasive gum surgery, and uses Periolase™, the only FDA-approved laser for gum regeneration treatments.
At Lynn Dental Care, we understand that visiting a periodontist, especially for the first time, can be ambiguous and scary. However, our dental office is dedicated to providing safe and comfortable care. Dr. Lynn and the staff at Lynn Dental Care are here to help answer your questions and allay your fears. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!