Gum DiseaseAn Overview
Dr. D. Bradley Dean is an expert in the prevention, treatment, and management of gum disease in the Dallas, TX and Plano, TX area. As a board certified Periodontist, he has extensive education and experience with periodontal treatment. Dr. Dean only utilizes the most state of the art techniques and equipment to treat gum disease. We can coordinate treatment with your general dentist or offer complete oral care in our office.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. Also referred to as gum disease, it’s a silent disease that many do not know they have. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth due to lack of proper dental care.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis: if you do not brush or floss your teeth adequately or often, then plaque will build up on your teeth. This build up on the gum line will cause inflammation of the gums.
Periodontitis: at this stage the infection is so bad, the bone structure that supports your teeth and the soft tissue are damaged.
Advanced Periodontitis: by now the fibers, tissue, and bone supporting the teeth are destroyed. Your teeth will begin to loosen and shift. You will need to be treated immediately or your teeth may have to be removed.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Gums that are swollen, red, or tender
- Receding gum line
- Persistent bad breath
- If there are sores or puss coming from in between your teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Dentures that do not fit anymore