Gum Disease Treatment – Richardson, TX
Getting Your Healthy Gums Back
While the disease can be reversed in the early stages, more advanced stages can lead to chronic gum disease.
Drs. Pramod Thomas and Wilner Loiseau can provide dental patients with gum disease treatment at every stage of the condition. Your gum disease treatment at our Richardson, TX, dental office will be completely tailored to meet your needs, and any necessary surgical intervention can be performed in our dental office by Dr. Loiseau, an oral surgeon and periodontist.
The Causes of Gum Disease
Although there are certain risk factors that can increase your risk of developing gum disease, periodontal issues are generally caused by an abundance of bacteria. That’s why it’s important to treat gum disease promptly.
When bacteria results in plaque and tartar, it can lead to inflammation, swelling, and redness of your gums, also known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis can be treated with minimal intervention from your dentist if detected and treated early on.
Gingivitis treatment is performed by your dentist and can help you tremendously in getting your healthy gums back.
Periodontitis occurs when gum disease causes the gum pockets around your teeth to increase in depth.
Meanwhile, the bacteria can attack the tooth roots and lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
At this stage, the disease can become chronic. However, with proper care, tissues can be restored, and the disease can be controlled.
Advanced Gum Disease
Gum disease therapy, also known as gum disease treatment, is needed when the condition of periodontitis exists. Periodontitis causes deep pockets to form near the teeth, accompanied by tissue inflammation and other issues.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
In the early stages of gum disease, our doctors can perform initial periodontal therapy to prevent the onset of more serious symptoms.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planning, also known as a deep cleaning, is the first step that our doctors will take to treat your periodontal condition.
During this non-surgical procedure, one of our doctors will access the area beneath the gumline and remove the underlying plaque and bacteria using a laser.
Using this tool instead of traditional metal tools fosters more comfortable treatment and a shorter recovery time.
Once the area is completely free of bacteria, your doctor will begin planning the roots or smoothing their surfaces, to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future.
If you are exhibiting signs of gum disease, we encourage you to visit our dental office as soon as possible to receive gum disease treatment before the onset of more serious symptoms.
Advanced In-Office Surgical Treatment
When necessary, Dr. Loiseau can perform advanced surgical procedures in our dental office.
Soft tissue grafting involves taking a small amount of tissue from elsewhere in the oral cavity – usually the roof of the mouth – and using it to replace receded gum tissue.
Dr. Loiseau can provide sedation for patients who are anxious about undergoing periodontal surgery.
Gum Disease Treatment Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to prevent gum disease?
A healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to preventing gum disease. We recommend brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist every six months.
Can you prevent gum disease by flossing only once a day?
Flossing twice a day will remove more plaque than flossing once a day, so we recommend doing so twice daily. However, flossing only once a day is certainly better than not flossing at all.
Is there any benefit to using a laser to treat gum disease?
Yes! Laser gum therapy can kill bacteria, and in doing so, may prevent the need for surgery. There are also lessened risks of side effects. We strongly recommend it as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for gum disease.
What causes gum disease?
If plaque remains on the teeth for extended periods of time, the gums become irritated, which creates inflammation and ultimately leads to gum disease.
What can I do if I have gum disease?
The best option is to talk to our dentists about a personalized at-home care plan. We may recommend particular oral hygiene products that can minimize gum disease’s progression.