Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?

Dr. Yasi Sabour of The Dental Studio in Flower Mound, Texas, describes periodontal disease as an infection of the gum tissue. It starts with the accumulation of bacteria that irritate the gums, which can lead to inflammation and bleeding. This is usually a result of inadequate oral hygiene but can sometimes be caused by genetics or other medical conditions. It can continue to progress if treatment is not sought, causing damage to the bone, gum tissues, and natural teeth. Gum disease is typically a result of one’s poor oral health habits.

What happens if I do not seek gum disease treatment after it has been spotted?

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause significant damage to the surrounding tissues that support the teeth, such as bone loss, receding gums, and tooth mobility. In more severe cases, periodontal disease may even lead to tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease has been repeatedly linked to other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, it is essential that you seek treatment from a professional if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease.

What treatments can I get for periodontal disease?

There are several treatments available for treating periodontal disease. Gingivitis treatment may include a deep cleaning performed at the office. However, the most common approaches involve non-surgical therapy, which consists of a treatment referred to as scaling and root planing (cleaning). This involves the manual removal of plaque and tartar buildup from the deep roots of your teeth, then the smoothing out of any irregularities in the tooth root surfaces. This prevents bacteria from regrowing and returning to wreak havoc on your smile. In cases where periodontal disease is more advanced, surgical options may be recommended. These include flap surgery to clean deeper pockets of bacteria and bone or tissue grafts to aid in healing and regeneration. Your dental team at The Dental Studio will assess your case and recommend the appropriate treatment.

What should I do if I see the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, otherwise called gum disease, is a serious condition requiring treatment from an experienced professional. Make sure to contact Dr. Yasi Sabour of Flower Mound, TX, if you experience any signs or symptoms of gum disease, so she can determine what treatment is best for you. Proper care makes it possible to regain your oral health and wellness and keep your smile looking amazing! Call our office at (214) 393-6835 to book an appointment at 2261 Olympia Drive, Suite #300.


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