Gum Disease Treatment in Fort Worth
As a living and breathing organism, the human body is covered in and filled with bacteria. And as part of that body, the mouth also has its fair share of bacteria, too—researchers estimate that at any one time there are billions of bacteria calling your mouth home. Some of those bacteria are good and play a vital in digestion. Other bacteria are bad and can eventually lead to gum disease, the most common chronic bacterial infection in adults. At West 7th Smiles, Dr. Gonzalez and his team offer gum disease treatment that stops the advance of infection and reverses the effects.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins with plaque; a sticky substance comprised of bacteria, mucus and food particles. Over time, plaque builds up on your teeth and along the gum line. Good oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups with Dr. Gonzalez keep plaque in check. However, if left too long on your teeth, plaque turns to tartar.
This hard and porous substance can lead to gum inflammation, the first sign of gingivitis—the early phase of gum disease. Other signs of gingivitis are bleeding gums, bad breath and a foul taste in your mouth.
The next stage is periodontitis. This is marked by deepening pockets around your teeth that cause gum tissue to recede and expose the roots of your teeth to bacteria.
One of the primary ways to diagnose gum disease is by measuring the depth of your gum pockets. A pocket that measures 4 or more millimeters can be a sign that you have gum disease.
As bacteria and toxins begin to destroy gums and the underlying bone structure, the other signs of periodontitis, such as shifting and loosening teeth, begin to develop. Without periodontal disease treatment, tooth extraction may be necessary. In fact, American adults lose more teeth to gum disease than either decay or injury.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is the procedure we use to treat gum disease. With scaling, plaque and hardened tartar are removed from the surfaces of your teeth, as well as from below the gum line. After this step, planing is the process of smoothing root surfaces to make plaque and tartar less able to stick. Depending on the degree of infection present, Dr. Gonzalez may insert a topical antibiotic in your gum pockets to kill any remaining bacteria.
We can treat periodontal disease in Fort Worth with Perio Protect trays. The Perio Tray distributes medicine directly to the area of infection deep under your gums. The treatment is applied from the comfort of your home for just minutes every day -- and best of all, it’s comfortable, flexible, and made just for your mouth. People who undergo Perio Tray therapy for gum disease in Fort Worth enjoy healthier gums and also often notice whiter teeth and fresher breath. If you’re dealing with the effects of periodontitis, talk to your dentist in Fort Worth about Perio Tray for renewed oral health.
Dr. Gonzalez and his staff at West 7th Smiles are committed to helping patients have healthy teeth and gums. If you are seeing signs of gum disease, then call our office to schedule an appointment. Patients from all over the Fort Worth, TX, area and beyond are welcome!