Gum Disease An 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.
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. This is typically indicative of the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis.
Periodontitis: At this stage the infection is so bad, the bone structure that supports your teeth and the soft tissue are damaged. Without prompt treatment, you risk permanent damage such as tooth and bone loss.
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.
Most people with advanced periodontitis will lose their teeth. Dr. Dean will discuss your treatment options and the best was to replace your missing teeth.