Protecting Mansfield Smiles with Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is no laughing matter. It’s responsible for more cases of tooth loss in American adults than any other oral health problem. It’s even been linked to a variety of serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why Dr. Sandi Hamm and her dedicated team members are always looking out for signs of periodontal disease during your regular check-ups so that we can catch it at the earliest possible stage. If we do discover its presence, we offer several non-surgical therapy options designed to get you back to enjoying a sensational smile as quickly, comfortably, and effectively as possible.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Common signs of periodontal disease include the following:
- Gums that bleed after brushing and/or flossing
- Redness, puffiness, or tenderness in the gums
- Bad breath that isn’t relieved by mouthwash or diligent homecare
- A sudden shift in the way your bite or teeth feel
- Teeth that appear longer (receding gums)
It’s important to remember, though, that these symptoms may not manifest until periodontal disease has reached a more advanced stage. That’s why it’s so crucial to attend regular check-ups with Dr. Hamm; she can determine its presence in cases where an untrained eye cannot and then work with you to create an individualized treatment plan.
The care we recommend for you will depend on the severity of your unique case. In some cases, more frequent, in-depth cleanings may be all it takes to reverse the effects of periodontal disease. More severe instances can be treated with deep scaling and root planing, which are techniques used to remove plaque and toxins and smooth out rough spots on root surfaces. If we determine that surgical intervention is required, Dr. Hamm will be happy to recommend you to a trusted specialist.
No one should have to struggle with oral health problems alone. Instead, turn our Mansfield, TX dental practice today for the support and skill you need. Contact us today if you have any questions about periodontal disease, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment. We also serve the areas of Burleson, Midlothian, Cedar Hill, Forest Hill, and beyond.