In offering a soft tissue management program for periodontal disease, our goal is to control the disease without surgery. It requires working together to slow the progression of the disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed.
Here are common signs of gum disease: Gums that are red, puffy or bleed when you brush or floss, tooth pain or sensitivity, gums that have pulled away from the teeth, persistent bad breath and teeth that are loose or develop gaps.
There are two major stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis affects only the gums and a mild form of gum disease, and if properly treated, may be reversed. Left untreated gingivitis progresses into periodontitis. Over time, gum disease can cause gums to pull away from the teeth forming pockets inhabited by bacteria. During this more destructive disease stage, bacteria penetrate into the deeper pockets of tissue where bone and membrane support your teeth. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems.
The most well-known type of non-surgical treatment is known as scaling and root planing. This procedure involves a removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. During this procedure, the hygienist will remove harmful bacteria and irritants from deep beneath your gums.
We have found that patients who faithfully adhere to our program can control their gum disease without surgery. If we work as a team, we can prevail against periodontal disease in the most comfortable, least invasive manner possible.
In your periodontal evaluation at our office, the hygienist will measure the “pockets” around the affected teeth with a probe to determine how far along bacterial infection has progressed.
Now we’re going after that bacteria. Here’s how:
Scaling and root planing are something like a routine cleaning. But we reach further beneath the gumline to clear away the toxins causing inflammation. Under local anesthetic, we remove plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits, then smooth the root surface of each tooth to encourage re-attachment of the gum tissue. These simple procedures go a long way to eliminate the source of gum problems. Deeper pockets may require additional surgical care to thoroughly clean away infected tissue and repair the damaged jawbone.
After that, it’s your turn. Dr. David Brumbaugh will take time with you to explain how to maintain tissue health at home. Home care – more than anything else- is the key to successful periodontal therapy.
Your visit at our office should take about an hour. Then give yourself a pat on the back. You’re heading off periodontal disease – and saving your teeth.
Visit our office at 8222 Douglas Ave Suite 580, Dallas, TX 75225 or call us at 214-945-8708.