Periodontal Therapy Specialist

Dallas Dental Concierge

Dentist located in Dallas, TX

Nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease, or periodontal disease, a progressive condition that leads to inflamed gums. Melisa Christian, DDS, of Dallas Dental Concierge in Dallas, Texas, specializes in providing personalized treatment plans to combat these troublesome conditions. It’s important to treat poor gum health quickly, as it’s closely linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke. So, if you’re experiencing symptoms like bleeding or tender gums, call the office or use the online booking tool today and schedule a time to come in.

Periodontal Therapy Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that affects the health of your teeth and gums. It often develops into gum disease.

The health of your gums is so important because they make up the soft tissue that holds your teeth firmly in place. Your gums should be firm and pink. When you have gum disease, the structure of your gums becomes compromised and your teeth can loosen, decay, or even fall out.

It’s also been proven that gum disease is closely tied to your overall health and serious health conditions. Having gum disease significantly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.

What are common symptoms of gum disease?

Here are some of the most common symptoms of gum disease to look out for:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tender gums
  • Inflamed gums (dark red)
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Recurring bad breath

If you notice symptoms of gum disease, it’s very important to seek treatment that addresses the root cause.

What causes gum disease?

The most common cause of gum disease is neglectful oral hygiene. When you aren’t brushing and flossing properly, bacteria can build up above and below the gum line, which leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar. The bacteria can cause infection or inflammation of your gums.

There are also several risk factors that can lead to gum disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Certain illnesses (such as AIDS)
  • Certain medications (especially ones that stop saliva flow)
  • Genetic factors
  • Tobacco use of any kind

How does gum/periodontal therapy work?

First, Dr. Christian evaluates the severity of your periodontal or gum disease and discusses your symptoms with you. Then, unless she decides surgery is the most appropriate course of action, which is less common, she’ll recommend one of two possible conservative treatment methods:

Root debridement therapy (RDT)

This is a type of periodontal treatment that addresses the accumulation of harmful bacteria deep within periodontal pockets and along the gingiva near the roots of teeth. It involves using ultrasonic scalers. These dental instruments help Dr. Christian flush out toxins and pathogens from the gingiva.

Scaling And Root Planing

Scaling and root planing (SRP) is another non-surgical form of treatment for gum disease. This treatment involves removing tartar accumulation below the gum line by gently filing down the roots of teeth to create a smooth surface so that new tartar accumulation is less pronounced. SRP often entails multiple treatment sessions, depending on the progression of your gum disease.

If you need gum/periodontal therapy, call Dallas Dental Concierge today or use the online booking tool and set up an appointment.