At Stonebriar Smile Design, we want to help our patients achieve great oral health and improve their overall well-being at the same time. Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) affects an estimated 65 million U.S. adults. While you may think it only affects your dental health, it has many serious consequences for your general health as well. Because your gums are so important, we provide periodontal therapy in Frisco to address the root cause of this disease and get your gums back on track. If you think your gums could use some help, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Gum disease refers to inflammation that damages the gums and underlying bone that surround the teeth. Here are some of the signs and symptoms you may notice as it progresses:
If you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease in Frisco, give us a call right away. The earlier we treat it, the more effective we can be at preventing complications such as tooth loss. This can occur in advanced stages as the supportive structures that keep your teeth in place are destroyed.
In addition to the impact on your dental health, gum disease negatively affects your overall health as well. Many studies have shown that it significantly increases the risk of:
We monitor your gums at every checkup and perform a gum exam once a year. If you have gingivitis, you can usually reverse it with regular cleanings and good oral hygiene at home. If we see later stages of gum disease, we'll recommend periodontal therapy to halt its progress.
This procedure is called scaling and root planing (also called a “deep cleaning.”) It's typically done over 2-4 visits, depending on your needs, and we'll start by numbing your gums to make sure you stay comfortable. Then we'll use advanced instruments to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar under the gumline. We'll also smooth the roots of your teeth to reduce your risk of reinfection and keep your gums healthy in the future.
To maintain your progress after your initial treatment, we'll recommend coming in for periodontal maintenance (i.e. dental cleanings designed for gum health) every 3, 4, or 6 months. This allows us to remove plaque and bacteria under your gums that you can’t remove at home and keep your gums healthy moving forward.