Gum Disease Treatment Dallas – A Foundation for Healthy Teeth

stock-photo-15140399-human-teeth need periodontistAlthough 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.

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What is Gum Disease?

stock-photo-56870218-close-up-of-perfect-female-teeth-smiling thanks to periodontistThe 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.

Gum Grafting

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.

Bone Grafting

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.

Schedule a Consultation With A Periodontist Today

When left untreated, gum disease can lead to a number of cosmetic and oral health problems. All of the above treatments should be performed by a periodontist and Dr. Lynn is a board certified periodontist. He provides advanced gum treatments to promote the health of the gums and treat any instance of infection. We provide many other services as well which include general dentistry and orthodontics. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, and you would like to learn more about the gum disease treatments that we offer, please contact our Dallas office today to schedule a consultation. A member of our friendly staff will be happy to answer any of your questions.

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