PERIODONTICS

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The word periodontal means “around the tooth.”  Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Our doctors and team are able to diagnose periodontal diseases using pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc.

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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

As the tissues around your teeth get infected, they detach from the tooth, creating a deeper pocket between the gum tissues and the root. Consequently, bone support is also lost. Without adequate professional treatment, teeth gradually loosen and fall out.

You may experience:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swelling
  • Gum recession (“long teeth”)
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth mobility

If you smoke, you may not notice the traditional symptoms of bleeding and swelling.

To determine how advanced the disease has progressed, our experts will record multiple measurements around each tooth, comparing them to digital images that show where bone levels and tissue attachment levels compare to one another.

Health Risks

Gum disease doesn’t just affect your smile, it can also impair your overall wellness. Research shows that active gum disease allows pathogens to spread directly into the airway and cardiovascular system, significantly increasing the risk of multiple health conditions. Some of them include pneumonia, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and infertility.

By combatting active oral infections, you improve your dental health as well as your immune system, benefiting your body as a whole.

Our mission is to help you retain your natural teeth for as long as possible, improving their health and integrity along the way. Contact Legacy Dental in Burleson, TX today to request a new patient appointment.

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