October 3, 2015
Without viable gums, tooth loss and systemic health problems are inevitable. Prevention and treatment of periodontitis with Allen, TX periodontists at Ryan Dental Group restore gums to full health.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that over 47 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have gum disease in varying severity. While this condition may be silent, its effects devastate oral and systemic health, contributing to:
- tooth loss
- cardiovascular disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- heart attack
- heart valve problems
Don’t ignore the possibility
Because a lot of gum disease goes undetected, preventive dental exams and cleanings with a skilled Allen, TX dentist at Ryan Dental Group are essential. So is good brushing and flossing at home.
Additionally, Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan and Dr. Meredith Davis offer non-surgical periodontal treatment to remove the plaque and tartar which build-up on and in between teeth and below the gums. They also teach patients to recognize the symptoms of gum disease and to seek immediate treatment. Oral and systemic health depend on it.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease presents many symptoms, including:
- red, tender, bleeding gums
- inflammation and pus at the gum line
- tooth mobility
- chronic bad breath
The Allen, TX periodontist measures gum pockets, spaces between gum tissue and teeth. Pockets deeper than 5 mm are troublesome, collecting plaque, tartar and their associated oral bacteria.
Gums and root surfaces detach, and jawbone recedes. Teeth lose their anchorage. Mobility and tooth loss result. In addition, studies show direct links among the inflammatory process, infection and major systemic diseases.
What can be done about gum disease?
The Allen, TX dentists at Ryan Dental group use a manual, non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and rock-hard tartar (biofilm) from the gums. This in-office procedure usually requires some topical or local anesthesia and, depending on the severity of the gum disease, and may take more than one session.
The Allen, TX periodontist manually scrapes away the biofilm accumulation and also smoothes rough root surfaces. This allows gums to reattach to the teeth. He or she may instill anti-microbial medication to enhance healing, reduce inflammation and prevent return of infection.
Some patients require re-checks and scaling more frequently than usual semi-annual cleanings. They find their gum health dramatically improves with this extra attention and with good flossing and brushing at home.
You deserve healthy gums!
Drs. Michael and Laura Ryan and Dr. Meredith Davis value preventive care–including regular hygienic cleanings. They carefully check for signs of any tooth and gum problems, understanding that being proactive preserves patient health, self-image and budget, too.
Has it been a while since you had a dental exam and cleaning? Don’t delay. Call Ryan Dental Group for a convenient appointment time. The precise skills and gentle care delivered daily by these Allen, TX dentists ensure patients of healthy mouths and great-looking smiles, too.