Dallas Dentist, Dentist in Dallas, GA

770-505-4746

59 Hillside Trace, Suite 105
Dallas, GA 30157
(Next to Super Wal-Mart on Hwy 120)

Periodontal Disease

 



Oral cancer screenings

Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.

The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.

Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.

Root Planing

Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It's very important to have your dentist check this area if you have bleeding during brushing. In the more infected pockets, 5+mm and bleeding, Arestin (a site specific antibiotic) can be placed and help resolve the problem areas. It will be necessary to comeback for follow up periodontal maintenance visits every 3-4 months.

Periodontal Disease

This is an advanced form of gingivitis, in which bacteria will infect your gums causing bleeding and soreness as well as bone loss which in untreated cases can lead to tooth loss and more seriously heart disease and strokes. Smokers and Diabetics are highly prone to this serious disease. Periodontal is Broad term used to describe various diseases that affect the gums, bone and surrounding structures of the teeth. The 2001 Guinness book of World Records lists Periodontal Disease as the #1 disease affecting mankind.

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

. Poor dental hygiene

. Poorly contoured fillings or crowns

. Poor nutrition

. Smoking

. Chewing tabacco

. High levels of stress

. Diabetes

. Down's Syndrome

. AIDS

. Taking certain medications

.Genetics

Some early Warning signs include:

. Bleeding gums

.Red, tender, puffy or swollen gums

. Pain or tenderness in the gums

. Itchy sensation

. Teeth that are loose or shifting

. Tooth sensitivity

. Constant bad breath or taste

. Changes in the fit of your oral appliance

. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Research indicates that periodontal disease may contribute to diabetes, respiratory disease, heart attack, stroke, or be associated with premature childbirth.

Treatments

An evalution is done using a periodontal probe to measure the depth of the space between the teeth and gums and x-rays are taken to see whether the bone is damaged. Depending on the disease progression, the following treatments are used:

. More frequent cleaning interval

. Scaling is done to scrape off tartar and plaque from the tooth's crowns and roots

. Root planing is done to smooth rough surfaces of the root and allow the gums to heal

. Surgery may be needed in certain cases to properly treat the disease



 

 
 
 
We proudly offer dental hygiene at our convenient location in Dallas, GA. A consistent dental hygiene appointment is important to your overall oral health. Well make sure that your teeth are clean, plaque-free and looking their whitest