Gum disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss. In fact, recent studies have confirmed that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop a range of systemic illnesses. They include heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and even lead to pre-term birth and low birth-weight for babies. However, with frequent cleanings and targeted gum disease therapy from one of our doctors, we can help you control your condition and achieve a healthier smile.
Often, when gum disease is first developing, patients will experience very slight or even no noticeable symptoms. But over time, they can become more obvious. The most common symptoms of gum disease include:
Most of the time, gum disease can be treated with more consistent oral hygiene at home and a dental cleaning. However, once it has become too advanced, it may require a pair of procedures called scaling and root planing. For scaling, your doctor will systematically clean your gum line and eliminate built up plaque and bacteria. Afterward, root planing involves gently smoothing out the roots of your teeth. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it makes it much more difficult for plaque and bacteria to accumulate on them in the future, and secondly, it helps your gums securely reattach to your teeth. Most of the time, a scaling and root planing treatment can be completed in just one visit.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms listed above? Call our Coppell, TX dental office to reserve your consultation with us. During your visit, we will assess your needs and create a treatment plan to help you meet them. Sandy Lake Dental & Orthodontics offers periodontal therapy to patients from Lewisville, Irving, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Arlington, Frisco, and beyond.