Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Sachse, TX
Give Your Pearly Whites a Healthy Home
The most common oral health condition in the United States isn’t tooth decay, but gum disease. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 50% of adults currently have it. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated, as bacteria permanently damage the tissues supporting the teeth. With targeted periodontal therapy, Dr. Robert Wiese can prevent the harmful effects of gum disease and give your pearly whites a healthy home. To find relief for sensitive or bleeding gums, contact our Wiese Dental team today!
Why Choose Wiese Dental for Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment?
- Comfortable Treatment & Fast Healing with Soft Tissue Laser
- One-on-One Care from an Experienced, Compassionate Dentist
- Sedation Dentistry Available to Calm Nerves
Scaling & Root Planing
The standard for gum disease therapy is scaling and root planing, a two-pronged procedure that removes plaque and tartar deposits while preventing further gum recession. Scaling entails breaking down and clearing out plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Then comes root planing, which involves smoothing out the roots of the teeth. Root planing encourages the teeth to reattach to the gums while discouraging future infection, as it becomes harder for smooth tooth roots to harbor bacteria.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Instead of using traditional instruments for periodontal therapy, Dr. Wiese has invested in a state-of-the-art DenMat soft tissue laser. This device emits a concentrated light beam that removes bacteria and damaged tissue with extreme precision. Most patients don’t even need to be numbed for soft tissue laser treatment, as it’s incredibly comfortable. It even promotes faster healing because it disinfects and cauterizes the tissue as it goes, minimizing bleeding and post-op soreness.
Reasons for Periodontal Treatment
Two of the most common causes of gum disease are poor oral hygiene and tobacco use. Infrequent brushing, flossing, or dental cleanings can cause bacteria-filled plaque and tartar to accumulate. Smoking can worsen gum disease by slowing the body’s healing rate. While gingivitis – the early stage of gum disease – is often reversible with increased oral hygiene and cessation of smoking, advanced gum disease is not. Without periodontal therapy, bacteria could destroy the tissue holding your teeth in place, resulting in tooth loss.
Candidates for Periodontal Therapy
At first, it can be difficult to discern whether you need periodontal therapy, as gum disease symptoms start out subtle. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your smile, which is why we urge you to contact us if you experience any of the following signs of gum disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Sensitive or tender gums
- Bleeding after you brush or floss
- Gums that have receded or pulled back from the teeth
- Unexplained, persistent bad breath or foul taste in the mouth
- Loose or shifting teeth