Gum Disease Treatment in Fort Worth, TX
Our talented dentists at Lake Country Dental can help you prevent gum disease. If you have already developed this disease, our team provides excellent gum disease treatment in Fort Worth, Texas, and would like to help you keep your gums healthy. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, or to learn more about gum disease, please contact our office at (817) 236-8771.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gum disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by an excessive amount of bacteria in your gum tissue. This is usually the result of inadequate oral hygiene, such as not brushing and flossing enough or skipping your dental checkups.
As bacteria builds up in your teeth, it hardens into sticky plaque and tartar that can start an infection in your gum tissue. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, cardiovascular problems, and more.
What are the stages of gum disease?
There are two major stages of gum disease:
- Gingivitis — In this early stage of gum disease, your infection is still easily reversible. You likely won’t experience any noticeable symptoms at this point, so you may not even realize you have gum disease. During your regular dental checkups, Dr. Snider will closely examine your gums for any sign of redness or inflammation.
- Periodontitis — Without treatment, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease. Symptoms of periodontitis include red, swollen gums, and deep pockets between your teeth. You’ll also likely experience pain and bleeding in your gums during this stage.
What are the treatments for gum disease?
There are several treatments for gum disease, depending on the severity of your case. If you have gingivitis, the infection can often be eliminated with improved oral care or scaling and root planing. Once the infection progresses to periodontitis, treatment becomes more difficult. At this point, Dr. Snider may have to perform surgery to restore the health of your gums.