Cypress Bend Dental of Princeton, TX, is committed to the prevention, treatment, and management of periodontal (gum) disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Here's all you need to know about this progressive condition and how to prevent it from wreaking havoc on your oral health.
How Does Periodontal Disease Develop?
Periodontal disease usually develops due to poor oral hygiene practices. If plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, is not removed by brushing and flossing, plaque bacteria will irritate your gums, causing inflammation and infection. Other factors contributing to periodontal disease include smoking, genetic predisposition, the aging process, and hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Symptoms of gingivitis, a mild stage of gum disease, include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If not treated, the condition will continue to progress to periodontitis. The gums tissues will start pulling away from the teeth, leaving "pockets" that trap plaque, tartar, and food particles. That provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to flourish and continue to wreak havoc on your oral health. Advanced periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease, destroys the bone and tissues supporting the teeth, potentially resulting in loose teeth and tooth loss.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
The first and most effective approach to treating gum disease is a nonsurgical deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing.
Scaling is similar to what you can expect during your routine dental cleanings. Our hygienist will use a dental instrument called a scaler to scrape off plaque and tartar accumulated on the tooth surfaces and below the gum line.
Root planing, on the other hand, is a procedure that involves cleaning out and smoothing the tooth root surfaces. That helps prevent bacteria and tartar buildup and promotes healing and gum tissue reattachment to the tooth surfaces.
Deep cleaning is usually sufficient to reverse gingivitis and restore your gum health. However, advanced periodontitis may require oral or topical antibiotics to control the infection. If the infection does not respond to scaling and root planing and treatment with medication, we may recommend surgical intervention.
What Is a Soft Tissue Management Plan?
Periodontitis is an irreversible disease. However, a soft tissue management plan will help manage the condition and prevent its progression. The plan typically consists of the following:
- Thorough periodontal exams
- Pocket depth measurements
- Deep cleaning of the pockets and below the gumline
- Irrigation with medication
- More frequent dental cleanings
- A home oral hygiene regimen
If you ever notice any changes in your gums, make sure to contact our office right away. The earlier we manage your gum disease, the better the treatment outcomes!
How Can You Prevent Periodontal Disease?
The best way to keep gum disease at bay is to maintain proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing. Make sure to schedule your dental exams and cleanings every six months. If you develop periodontal disease, identifying it and treating it in its earliest stages will fully restore your healthy smile.
Periodontics Near Me in Princeton, TX
Contact Cypress Bend Dental to learn more about preventing, treating, and managing periodontal disease. Our team is all about maintaining long-term healthy smiles.
We proudly serve patients in Princeton, McKinney, New Hope, Lowry Crossing, Altoga, and the surrounding communities.
Request Your Appointment Today
Ready to take your first step towards a healthier smile? Dr. Abd and his team invite you to experience world-class, compassionate dental care. Don’t wait. Follow the link to request your appointment today!