Gum disease can affect both your oral health and your overall health. 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 patients with gum disease treatment at every stage of the condition. Your treatment at our Richardson, TX, office will be completely tailored to meet your needs, and any necessary surgical intervention can be performed in our 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. When bacteria results in plaque and tartar, it can lead to inflammation, swelling, and redness of your gums. This inflammation is called gingivitis, and can be treated with minimal intervention from your dentist if detected early.
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.
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 planing, 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 gum line 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 planing 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 office as soon as possible to receive treatment before the onset of more serious symptoms.
Advanced In-Office Surgical Treatment
When necessary, Dr. Loiseau can perform advanced surgical procedures in our 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.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are exhibiting signs of gum disease, we encourage you to visit our office as soon as possible to receive treatment before the onset of more serious symptoms. Our treatments range from conservative to advanced, and we can provide each step of your care in our office. Schedule your consultation today by calling us at (972) 238-7233 or contacting us online.