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Periodontal Therapy


Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious oral health issue affecting millions of US adults. In fact, some research indicates that more than 75% of patients over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for patients in this demographic. If you are concerned you may be suffering from gum disease, the Distinctive Dentistry team can help. Our Dallas dentists and team offer a wide range of preventive and restorative dentistry services to protect your smile from the potential damage caused by gum disease. Contact our Dallas dental team to find out more or schedule a dental checkup today.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a chronic oral health issue that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line irritates or damages soft tissue. Left untreated, the soft tissue and alveolar bone structure that supports teeth are broken down by this disease. While many people consider gum disease to be little more than a minor irritation, it can be detrimental to oral and overall health unless properly treated. There are two stages of gum disease. Gingivitis is the mild, early stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is the more advanced, potentially damaging stage.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

During regular dental checkups, your dentist should complete periodontal charting. By regularly measuring the depth in the pockets between the tooth and gum tissue, your dentist will notice changes right away that may indicate a need for periodontal therapy. Other warning signs of gum disease include:

Treatments for Gum Disease

We offer a wide range of periodontal therapies to renew oral health. For patients in the early stages of gum disease, gingivitis, more frequent professional teeth cleanings coupled with more intense at-home care may be adequate to fully renew oral health. For more advanced gum disease, we may recommend more frequent cleanings, boosted at-home hygiene, and any combination of the following procedures:

The Mouth/Body Connection

 In addition to being detrimental to oral health, patients with gum disease are also at an increased risk for other chronic and systemic illnesses including:

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