At the office of Bradley Dean, DDS, we provide comprehensive gum services and dental implant placement. As a periodontist in Plano, TX, Dr. Dean has extensive education in periodontal services. He offers specialty care for these delicate and complex procedures.
Gum disease and tooth loss are common but serious problems. You want to entrust your care to someone who is an expert in correcting these oral health issues. Our Plano periodontal office is the perfect place to address your gum health and provide lasting tooth replacements.
Gum Disease Treatments in Plano, TX
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth. Gum disease begins when harmful bacteria irritate the gum tissue. Bacteria build on the teeth and gums, creating a film called plaque. As plaque builds, it forms tartar.
Gum disease is a silent, painless disease that often results in bone loss from around the teeth without any signs of pain or discomfort. Treating gum disease promptly and effectively saves your teeth and gums. Periodontal disease affects the majority of the adult population to varying degrees. Leaving gum disease untreated often leads to more dental concerns, including tooth loss.
If you suspect you have gum disease, contact Dr. Dean. Dr. Dean will complete a gum examination and take necessary dental X-rays. This will help him determine the extent of your issue and how far the disease has progressed. These steps will help Dr. Dean lay out your treatment plan. There are two key stages of gum disease, each of which can have a progression of symptoms.
This is the first stage of gum disease. The first sign of gingivitis is red, swollen, or irritated gums. Your gums can bleed when you brush your teeth. Bacteria in the plaque that builds up around your gums causes the gums to become tender and prone to bleeding.
Your dentist can treat bleeding gums conservatively to avoid further infection and damage. At home, begin to floss before you brush. When brushing, use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Sometimes, your gums can bleed if you brush too hard.
Periodontitis occurs when you do not address your gingivitis issues. There are three sub-stages of periodontitis, but all of them are serious issues. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease with complex symptoms, including receding gums and loose teeth. In this gum disease stage, the plaque infects the gums. This will result in damage to the soft tissue and bone that supports your teeth.
We treat the disease’s early stages by scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) below the gum line. More advanced stages may require a surgical approach if the initial scaling and root planing do not resolve the infection.
Our Periodontal Treatment Specialties
There are many options if you have gum disease. We recommend implants if you develop advanced gum disease and lose teeth. Our office can also provide surgery to revive your natural bone and gum tissue. Our gum treatments can include:
Dental Implant Options
- Implant-supported Dentures
- Dental Implant Surgery
- Cosmetic Dental Implants
- Emergency Dental Implants
- Fixed Crown & Dental Bridge
- All-on-Four Implants
Non-surgical & Surgical Periodontal Therapy
- Soft Tissue & Gum Grafting
- Non-surgical gum treatments
- Functional Crown Lengthening
- Esthetic Crown Lengthening
- Guided Tissue & Bone Regeneration
- Tooth Extractions
- Sinus Augmentation
- Ridge Augmentation
Have you lost teeth due to gum disease? Consider getting dental implants. Dr. Dean is one of the most highly trained periodontists in the Plano, TX area. Many local dentists trust and refer patients to him to surgically place dental implants for patients missing one or more teeth.
We provide several other gum treatments as well. If you lose natural gum tissue, we can recommend treatment to place healthy gum tissue where it is needed in the mouth. Cosmetic gum problems like “gummy smiles” make teeth appear shorter. Crown lengthening will help show more of your natural teeth.
Our office also uses lasers for non-surgical gum treatment. Laser gum treatments can remove harmful bacteria from the gums. We may use lasers regularly for patients with gum disease who need deep cleanings. Our office uses the latest technology and treatment methods to provide effective treatment.
What Happens if You Don’t Treat Gum Disease?
In the final stages of gum disease, your teeth will loosen. You can lose permanent teeth if you have advanced gum disease. You will need complex gum treatment and even surgery to treat deep gum pockets.
Once your teeth and gums are healthy enough, you will need to replace your missing teeth. While we provide implant treatment, we don’t want your oral health to reach this point. Contact our office if you notice any gum problems. We will determine if you have gum disease and which treatment will work to reverse your symptoms.
Can You Treat Gum Disease at Home?
The best way to treat gum disease at home is to brush and floss daily. If you regularly experience bleeding gums, gently flossing and brushing your teeth and gums can reverse the bleeding. However, if a good oral hygiene routine does not treat bleeding gums, contact our office for treatment.
We will also recommend that you continue brushing and flossing after we provide treatment. Other factors that contribute to gum disease include smoking and tobacco use. Quitting tobacco can help your gums heal. Nicotine restricts your blood vessels, making it harder for your gums to heal after you develop gum disease. After you quit using tobacco, you can find that it’s easier to care for your gums.
Schedule a Gum Disease Consultation Today
Are you searching for effective gum disease treatment in Dallas County? Contact the periodontics office of Dr. Bradley Dean, DDS, MS, today. Schedule an appointment online or call our office to schedule a visit for an evaluation and quality gum treatments. Our periodontal services in Plano, TX, can help restore your gum health.
Let us know if you have questions about gum disease symptoms or treatment options. We’re here to help treat you in every stage of gum disease.