How Do You Treat Gum Disease?

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to painful symptoms and in the advanced stages, a higher risk of tooth loss. How do we treat gum disease? What steps can we take to safeguard your smile?


Try Our Quiz on Treating Gum Disease?

  1. True or False: Bleeding gums can be a warning sign.
  2. True or False: We can use Perio Protect to help your smile.
  3. True or False: LANAP uses advanced dental laser technology.
  4. True or False: We can often address the issue with a deep cleaning.

Answer Key

  1. True. Potential warning signs of periodontal disease may include gums that appear more red than usual or feel sore. Bleeding when your brush and floss can also be an indicator of inflammation or the early stages of periodontal disease. At this point, we urge you to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis.
  2. True. With this treatment, we provide a set of trays that when worn, form a seal to provide medicine to the gums. The medicine targets the oral bacteria responsible for periodontal problems. We often use this as a precursor to more serious treatments or to combat gingivitis, the early inflammation stage of gum disease.
  3. True. For advanced stages of the disease, we can use LANAP to remove the infected gum tissue, allowing healthy tissue to adhere to the teeth and close exposed periodontal pockets. Using dental lasers means little to no need for anesthetic, no bleeding afterward, a faster healing time, and a reduced risk of infection.
  4. True. A scaling and root planing involves removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and from the roots. Doing so can reverse gingivitis or help manage the early stages of gum disease. If you have any questions about treating gum problems, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need to Schedule a Visit?

We can help you maintain a healthy smile with our periodontal treatment options. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office today at 972-335-7100.

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