Defending Your Gums with Gum Disease Therapy in Carrollton, TX
Did you know that nearly 80% of the population suffers from a mild to severe form of gum disease? Also known as periodontal disease, this health condition is extremely common, not to mention the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. Dr. Marc Dandois takes this threat to your wellbeing very seriously, which is why he provides thorough screenings and effective treatment options for combating its effects. Our team’s goal is to keep your smile bright, healthy, and happy here in Carrollton, TX!
What Exactly is Gum Disease?
Simply put, gum disease is a gradual oral infection that affects the gum tissue and the bone underneath that supports your natural teeth. It gets its start when bacteria-filled plaque is allowed to harden into tartar, which irritates vulnerable areas in the mouth. Many patients don’t even realize what’s happening at first because the typical symptoms are so mild in nature – oral bleeding, swollen gum tissue, etc. However, as gum disease progresses, the soft tissue will begin to pull away from teeth, leaving pockets of dangerous bacteria. Finally, the gums and bone will begin to deteriorate, which can lead to the loss of natural teeth. In addition to negatively affecting oral health, gum disease has even been linked through research to overall health concerns, like strokes, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and low birth weights. That’s why it’s so important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Gum disease is not curable once it’s moved past the early stages, but it can be effectively contained with proper oral hygiene and professional maintenance. Dr. Dandois offers the following care options:
- Scaling & Root Planing – This in-depth cleaning removes bacteria from below the gum line and smooths the rough areas on the tooth roots, which are common areas for plaque accumulation.
- Antibiotic Therapy – The application of this helpful medication to gum tissue can help quell dangerous bacteria that remain after soft tissue scaling and root planing and/or soft tissue laser treatment.
- Soft Tissue Laser Treatment –This minimally invasive, state-of-the-art treatment offers several valuable benefits to patients, including the reduction of periodontal infection in a precise and conservative manner. The process is so comfortable that many patients don’t even need anesthetic, and any bleeding is greatly minimized, which speeds up the recovery period.
If surgical treatment is needed, Dr. Dandois will recommend you to a trusted periodontal specialist in the area for more advanced attention. If you’re experiencing any of the tell-tale symptoms of gum disease, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Carrollton, TX practice – we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!