Periodontal care refers to the treatment and maintenance of the structures that support your teeth – namely, the gums and bone. Periodontal (gum) disease is a bacterial infection of the gums experienced by a vast number of Americans. Dr. Dillard offers non-surgical gum disease therapy to restore good oral health and safeguard whole-body wellness.
Gum Disease Causes
Gum disease most commonly originates from plaque buildup. Bad bacteria invade healthy gum tissue and destroy the bonds that hold teeth and gums together. Pockets that form between teeth and gums provide a haven for bacteria to flourish. Other factors that contribute to gum disease include smoking, genetics, and unchecked diabetes.
Gum Disease Stages & Treatments
Early-stage gum disease is called gingivitis. If you experience occasional swelling of the gums, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, itchy gums, or bright red or purple gums, gingivitis may be to blame. Our hygiene team alleviates gingivitis with a deep dental cleaning and instruction on the proper way to care for your gums at home.
Left untreated, gingivitis escalates and may ultimately result in the most severe form of gum disease: periodontitis. In addition to the symptoms listed above, sufferers of periodontitis may experience receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath), and even loose teeth or tooth loss. Topical antibiotic treatment can alleviate the symptoms of gum disease and thwart the development of periodontitis. To treat the most advanced form of gum disease, we offer non-surgical periodontal care. By removing the buildup of bacterial-laden plaque and tartar through scaling and root planing or sonic vibration, painful symptoms subside and periodontal health returns.
Call the dental office of Dr. Anthony Dillard today to schedule your non-surgical periodontal therapy appointment. Families in Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch, Addison, and surrounding areas appreciate our innovative approach to dental care with a focus on comfort and quality.