Gum (periodontal) disease sneaks up on patients. Conservative estimates indicate that 75% of all Americans over age 35 have some form of gum disease, and many don’t even know it! Dr. Franks offers conservative treatment options, from dental cleanings to laser dentistry, that alleviates gum disease and restores gums to good health.
Stages of Gum Disease
Patients with early-stage gum disease, called gingivitis, may notice red, swollen gums or bleeding while brushing. As the disease advances, the connective fibers that hold teeth and gums together deteriorate and allow bacteria to multiply. Teeth may become loose, and breath may take on a foul odor. Left untreated, the most severe form of gum disease, periodontitis, can occur, ultimately causing tooth, gum, and bone loss. In fact, 70% of tooth loss is attributed to gum disease.
Treatments & Techniques
We eliminate gingivitis with deep dental cleanings. Following treatment, the hygienist will give you tips on proper homecare to keep gum disease from returning. Moderate cases of periodontal disease may respond well to topical antibiotic therapy. Dr. Franks often suggests laser dentistry to treat advanced gum disease. A soft-tissue laser can remove destructive bacteria and promote gum reattachment. Minimally invasive laser dentistry requires no stitches following treatment, and most patients don’t need anesthesia. Treatment and recovery time are faster than with traditional methods of gum surgery. You’ll be back in action before you know it with a strong, healthy smile!
Since 1976, Dr. Franks has served families in Harlingen, San Benito, Mercedes, Weslaco, and surrounding areas by providing comfortable, compassionate, comprehensive dental care. Call today to reserve your gum disease assessment with Dr. Franks and experience total care for whole-mouth health. We can’t wait to make you smile!