Periodontic dentistry focuses on the causes and treatments of gum disease. With proper care, gum disease can usually be prevented, but when care is necessary, you can count on the experts at Woodlake Family Dentistry.
Finding a dentist to treat gum disease in Little Elm is easy. Our team of periodontal professionals at Woodlake Family Dentistry welcomes new patients. Each patient is different, and each treatment is different to meet their needs.
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of plaque under the gums. When the gums become infected, it can result in:
As each patient is different, there can be many possible causes of gum disease. Common factors include poor dental hygiene, using tobacco, heredity or general health conditions.
At Woodlake Family Dentistry in Little Elm, we offer quality care in treating and preventing gum disease including:
Surface debridement may become needed when tartar or plaque is built up too much to treat with a standard professional cleaning. It’s essentially a deep cleaning and involves scaling and root planing.
Your periodontist may start with a dental scaling. We will scrape built up plaque above and below the gum lines. Along with good dental hygiene, scaling helps to reduce the bacteria that cause infections. Root planing is the next step in the cleansing process. It smooths out the tooth’s root, giving it a polished feel. The smoothened root makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach itself to the root.
During the deep cleaning, we will locally numb the area, and you should feel very little discomfort.
Dental crown lengthening is a misnamed process. Your gums may appear to be puffy or overextend down the tooth. What dental crown lengthening does is to remove excess gum tissue revealing more of the tooth. Exposing more of the teeth will show off a brighter smile, but can also help in dental restorations.
Bone grafting restores jawbones damaged from bacteria feeding on the bone. When the damage is excessive, the bone needs to be rebuilt so that it can properly support your teeth’s roots. Our periodontist may recommend a bone graft after tooth extractions or before a root canal. It’s not an invasive procedure, and recovery time is quick.
It also has cosmetic value as it helps to prevent a droopy look on your face where dental work was done.
We want to prevent gum disease, and we don’t want you to lose your teeth. When caught early, removing plaque below the gum lines is an easy process.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that affects your dental health. Left untreated, you could see teeth and bone damage. It can also affect your general health and can lead to heart problems and skin problems on your face.
A periodontist is trained and licensed to treat symptoms below the gums. During your regular exams, your dentist will clean and polish your teeth, but she doesn’t perform the deep cleaning below the gums where tartar can also build up.
Our team is specially trained in diagnosing and treating gingivitis for both adults and children. Call Woodlake Family Dentistry at (214) 272-6835 today to remove excess plaque and prevent gum disease.