At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we understand that your oral health goes beyond just your teeth. Periodontics deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the structures that support your teeth, including the gums, jawbone and ligaments.
Although they are often neglected, a person’s gums are vital to their overall oral health. When the gums are exposed to plaque and tartar for extended periods of time, it can result in periodontitis, which is commonly known as gum disease. Nearly half of all adults experience periodontitis to some degree in their lifetime. The symptoms of periodontitis include red, inflamed or swollen gums, which may lead to bleeding during regular brushing or flossing.
It is common for people to ignore the symptoms of periodontitis when they occur. They usually think that it is no big deal and that the symptoms will eventually go away in time. Unfortunately, this is often a mistake. If the gum tissue is left untreated and becomes further irritated, it could eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. This can lead to spaces called periodontal pockets which allows for the disease to spread throughout the mouth. If the condition continues to worsen, tooth loss may follow.
At Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we can treat periodontal disease at virtually any stage or degree. Our periodontal treatments include:
If you’d like to learn more about our periodontal treatments, or if you’d like to start the process toward healthier gums, please call our dental office in Keller at (817) 406-1620 to schedule an appointment.