periodontist rockwallWhen it comes to oral health, the gums play an integral role in supporting teeth. Gum disease is one of the most common oral health conditions. Not only is gum disease incredibly common, it is very destructive to the entire oral health system when the disease goes undiagnosed and untreated. In addition to treating gum disease, periodontal surgeries are necessary for evaluating suspicious tissues that may reveal the presence of oral cancer. Our dentist, Dr. Prada, provides periodontal services for managing gum disease, improving oral health, and detecting malignant tissues.

Periodontal Surgeries for Conditions Related to
Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease or untreated periodontitis wreaks havoc on oral tissues including bones and teeth. When periodontal disease has advanced, patients may need additional procedures as a result of the disease’s destructive nature. The infection present in gum disease is capable of eroding both soft and hard tissues in the mouth. When this occurs, soft tissue and bone grafts are often necessary to prevent further damage to oral structures and restore oral function. When performing grafting procedures, our team works diligently to ensure that our guests are relaxed and comfortable throughout their procedures.

Oral Pathology

Another important component to periodontal and oral surgeries is the need for biopsies. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the oral cavity but is especially prone to developing on the tongue, lips, insides of cheeks, and at the back of the mouth. During regular checkups, Dr. Prada will look for indicators of oral cancer such as discoloration of tissue or lumps. When our team detects a suspicious lesion, we will conduct a biopsy to determine whether the growth or change is benign or malignant in nature. Like other types of illness, oral cancer, when detected early can save patients’ lives and reduce the need for invasive and costly treatments.

To schedule an appointment for an oral examination with Dr. Prada, call our practice today: (972) 412-0014.

Common Questions

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is a condition marked by inflamed, irritated, and infected gums. Gum disease, in its most aggressive forms, can wreak havoc on the entire oral health system. Advanced gum disease can quickly become unmanageable without proper and timely treatment. In fact, this condition is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States.

If this condition is detected early on, it is manageable – and even curable. Early-staged gum disease (gingivitis) is treatable with increased/improved oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings. In some cases, specialized prophylaxis called “scaling and root planing” might be necessary to clean away infected tissue and tartar accumulation below the gum line.

How can I prevent periodontal disease?

Since inadequate oral hygiene is one of the most common causes of periodontal disease, patients should start their commitment to oral health with a meticulous oral hygiene routine. A proper oral hygiene routine includes twice-daily brushing and flossing once a day. People should use ADA-approved toothbrushes and toothpaste to brush teeth in soft, circular motions for approximately two minutes. One brushing should ideally occur just before bed time. Flossing cleans where a toothbrush cannot and this is why flossing should not be overlooked.

You can also reduce the likelihood of developing advanced periodontal disease by visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Receiving routine checkups increases chances of early detection while cleanings prevent gum disease by removing tartar (a substance that cannot be removed by brushing or flossing alone).

What causes gum disease?

The leading contributor to periodontal disease is tartar accumulation. Tartar is hardened plaque. It accumulates between teeth and along the gums. Too much tartar accumulation will inflame the gums and cause them to recede. If left untreated, gum disease can advance to a very destruction condition.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is early-stage gum disease. Most people become aware that they have gingivitis when they notice blood on their dental floss or toothbrush. Increasing/improving oral hygiene along with a visit to your dentist is the best thing to do if you suspect you have gingivitis.