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Gum Disease Dallas, TX

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
I found Dr. Dean on the internet before I ever knew about Angie's List and I am glad I did because I probably never would have found him on here. I had severe periodontal disease that required surgery. It was expensive, but I and my teeth are all better now.…Marlene Graham

Gum Disease What to Expect

Dr. Dean will do a complete periodontal examination, including the necessary dental X-rays. This will help him determine the necessary treatment. He treats the early stages of the disease by performing scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) below the gum line. More advanced stages may require a surgical approach if the initial scaling and root planning does not resolve the infection. Dr. Dean offers gum grafting, osseous surgery (gum pocket surgery), and periodontal bone grafting as surgical gum disease treatments.

Gum Disease FAQs

What are the signs of gum disease?

The common signs of gum disease are bleeding gums when you brush or floss, bad breath, red or sore gums, sores and puss on your gums, and receding gums. If you think you might suffer from gum disease, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean.

How can I prevent gum diease?

Having good oral hygiene habits will help you avoid periodontal disease. Taking care of your teeth and gums at home includes brushing after every meal and before bedtime, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist twice a year.

Who should treat my gum disease?

While your general dentist knows your dental history and is in charge of your over all dental health, a periodontist should diagnose and treat your gum disease. We will work closely with you general dentist to assure you are getting the best treatments. When it comes to gum disease, a team approach is best for long term oral health.