Periodontal Disease

Championship Dental

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Bishop Arts, Dallas, TX & Farmers Branch, TX

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is common, affecting about half of adults in the United States. It’s a gum infection that, when left untreated, can become severe and lead to tooth loss. If you experienced symptoms of periodontal disease, such as red, swollen, tender gums, Marisol Vargas, DDS, and her experienced dental team can help. At Championship Dental in Farmers Branch, and Dallas, Texas, they offer advanced gum disease treatments to restore your gums. Schedule an appointment with Championship Dental over the phone or online today.

Periodontal Disease Q&A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that destroys the gums and bone supporting your teeth. Over time, gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. It’s common, but often preventable, with good oral hygiene, as tartar buildup increases your risk of developing periodontal disease. If you experience signs or symptoms of gum disease, see your dentist right away.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate gum disease:

  • Bright red gums        
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, puffy gums
  • Gums that feel tender
  • A receding gum line
  • New spaces between the teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • A change in your bite
  • Painful chewing

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease and is easier to treat than severe gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that bleed easily with little to no discomfort. It’s often reversible with proper at-home oral care and professional treatment.

How is periodontal disease treated?

The type of treatment you require for gum disease depends on how advanced your condition is. Your dentist might recommend one or more of the following periodontal disease treatments:

Nonsurgical treatments

For milder cases of gum disease, your dentist might recommend nonsurgical options such as scaling, root planing, or using topical or oral antibiotics to fight infection. Scaling and root planing involve professional cleaning your dentists uses to thoroughly remove tartar and bacteria with a laser, ultrasonic device, or other specialized dental instruments.

Surgical options

For more advanced stages of periodontal disease, your dentist might recommend surgical procedures. Examples include pocket reduction surgery to lift back your gums for more effective root planing and scaling, soft tissue grafts, and bone grafting and regeneration.

At-home care

The best way to prevent or reduce the severity of gum disease is with proper at-home care. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush, and floss every day.

Avoid sweets and sugary drinks in favor of fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco, and consider using antiseptic mouthwash if your dentist recommends it. See your dental provider at least every six months for professional cleanings and exams.

Don’t let gum disease get out of control and lead to tooth loss. At the first sign of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Championship Dental over the phone or online today.