We offer a variety of periodontic services for the highest quality
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- Bone Grafting
- Canine Exposure
- Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
- Crown Lengthening
- Gum Grafting
- Occlusal Adjustment
- Osseous Grafting
- Osseous Surgery
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Periodontal Splinting
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Soft Tissue Graft
For You Dental in Dallas, TX, also offers periodontology among our wide range of dental services. We pride ourselves with dental experts who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment or periodontal diseases as well as in the treatment of oral inflammation.
What is periodontology?
Periodontology comes from the word “peri” which means around and “donto” which means teeth. Periodontology is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontium, which consists of the supporting structures of the teeth, their condition, as well as the diseases that affect them. The periodontium refers to the surrounding area of the teeth and the gums, gingival tissues and bones that support the teeth.
What are the procedures involved in periodontology?
While periodontology mainly involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum problems, there are also other procedures involved in periodontology. These include the treatment of gum recession, covering up exposed tooth root surfaces and placement of dental implants as well as other preparatory work which serves as foundation for cosmetic dentistry procedures.
What are the causes of periodontal disease?
The main cause of periodontal disease is the buildup of bad bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria, along with mucus and food particles stuck in between teeth can form into plaque. Once excess plaque is not removed it hardens into tartar and the accumulation of tartar in the gumline causes the gums to become inflamed.
Since tartar has a rock-like consistency and it attaches to the surface of the tooth, it can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. If not removed, tartar can lead to periodontal disease and cavities. Aside from practicing basic oral hygiene, it is important for patients to visit Dr. Drakeford at For You Dental for dental cleanings, examination and treatments to remove tartar and prevent periodontal disease.
What are the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can range from gum inflammation or infection to gum recession or to the damage of the soft tissues that support the teeth. Some periodontal disease symptoms include the following:
- Sores in the mouth;
- Halitosis or continuous bad breath;
- Red, swollen gums;
- Tender gums;
- Pain the gums and mouth;
- Receding gums;
- Pus in between gums and teeth;
- Bleeding gums, especially when flossing or brushing;
- Loose or separate teeth;
- A change in your bite;
- A change in how your teeth fit together; and/or,
- A change in the fit of your dentures.
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, contact Dr. Drakeford immediately and visit For You Dental before your condition worsens. Dr. Drakeford can examine your mouth for any visible signs and symptoms of more serious periodontal problems. Consulting dental experts is important as your condition may worsen if left alone. When not treated early, periodontal disease may become more serious and, therefore, more difficult to treat. Your options may become limited by then. So consult Dr. Drakeford and her team of experienced dental staff at For You Dental in Dallas as soon as possible.
What are the factors that increase the risk of periodontal disease?
Aside from oral hygiene, other factors such as daily nutrition and lifestyle also play an important factor when it comes to periodontal disease. A healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C is important to prevent gum disease. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is also important since smoking, drinking alcohol and drug abuse are proven risk factors of periodontal disease. Even psychological stress plays a part since our body, when stressed, releases hormones that can trigger or worsen the development of periodontal disease.
Other risk factors also include genetics, female hormones, as well as illnesses and medical conditions that affect your immune system such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and heart disease. Age also plays a vital role as periodontal disease are more common for people who are 35 years old and above.
If you are exposed to any of these factors, it’s important for you to take care of your oral health and take preventive measures to fight periodontal disease. You can visit For You Dental in Dallas, TX, and ask Dr. Drakeford for treatment options for the prevention of periodontal disease and other oral problems.
Periodontal disease can be treated and prevented from becoming worse if diagnosed early. Here, at For You Dental, we offer periodontology services to provide preventive measures and early treatment for your periodontal problems. With Dr. Ashlea Drakeford and her team of dental care experts in Dallas as well as the latest technologies in dentistry that we use, you’re sure to have an exceptional dental experience at For You Dental.
To learn more about periodontology and our other dental services, visit For You Dental in Dallas, TX. Call us today at (972) 386-4999 to book your appointment!