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Gum Disease Therapy – Tyler, TX

Protecting More Than Just Your Teeth

One of the most common medical problems is periodontal disease, which is more commonly referred to as gum disease. Nearly three-quarters of the population has some form of this condition, and studies have shown that periodontal disease has been linked to more serious issues like diabetes, heart complications, and lung disease. If you believe that you may have gum disease, please call us today to schedule an appointment for gum disease therapy at our dental office.

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Why Choose Stansbury Dental for Gum Disease Therapy?

If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to:

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Save your smile by contacting Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS. It’s more manageable and more affordable to catch periodontal disease in the earliest stages rather than waiting for serious symptoms to arise. Receiving periodontal therapy from our practice preserves the health of your teeth and will improve your gums.

When you visit our Tyler, TX dental office, Dr. Stansbury always checks thoroughly for periodontal disease and other serious issues such as oral cancer and TMD (a disorder of the jaw joints). If you are in an advanced stage of the disease, we can schedule a series of scaling and planning treatments to prevent further damage. If your case has progressed past the stage of this procedure, Dr. Stansbury can refer you to a trusted colleague for a more in-depth analysis. You’re always in the best of care with our Tyler team.

Gum disease therapy from Dr. Stansbury includes:

We invite you to experience excellent preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry right here in Tyler, TX. With a strong focus on patient care, comfort, and education, Dr. Dennis Stansbury and our team look forward to building a lasting relationship with you and your family. From cleanings and checkups to porcelain veneers and relaxing sedation for anxious patients, our comprehensive services are designed to meet the diverse needs of our patients.

Call our Tyler dental office today at (903) 508-4207 if you would like to schedule an appointment for gum disease therapy or to learn more. Dr. Stanbury sees patients from across east Texas, including those from Mineola, Lindale, Flint, Kilgore, and the surrounding Texas communities. If this will be your first appointment with Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS, please take a moment to briefly review the helpful information that we have listed on our new patient page.

Gum Disease FAQs

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Dr. Stansbury and our team are ready to help you fight gum disease. Before you make an appointment with us, however, it is understandable if you have some questions that you would like to have answered. That is why we have put together the following list of FAQs. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, please give us a call so we can personally assist you.

Can Gum Disease Be Cured?

The early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is usually reversible via thorough oral hygiene. If the condition progresses and enters its second stage (periodontitis), however, it causes permanent damage to the oral tissues and is more challenging to treat. However, even in cases where it cannot be completely cured, it can be managed.

Are Puffy/Bleeding Gums an Emergency?

Not always. Your gums might swell up or bleed simply because you bit down wrong on some crunchy food. Bleeding is also common during the first few days of flossing for people who are not regular flossers. However, if your gums stay puffy and consistently bleed when you brush and floss, it is definitely worth your time to visit Dr. Stansbury.

Does Insurance Cover Gum Disease Treatment?

You will have to check the details of your policy to see how it applies. Often, dental insurance covers at least some forms of gum disease treatment, such as deep dental cleanings (called scaling and root planing). Our team will be happy to help you navigate your coverage and file your claims.

Is Gum Disease Hereditary?

Up to 30% of the population may be genetically predisposed to gum disease. If some of your family members suffer from it, you should be extra-diligent about noticing any potential symptoms. However, your genetics do not necessarily doom you to develop gum disease; careful preventive measures can do much to keep your mouth healthy! Bear in mind as well that even people without this predisposition can develop gingivitis and periodontitis.

Is Gum Disease Treatment Painful?

Our practice has a strong focus on patient comfort. If necessary, we will numb your mouth while we are performing gum disease treatment. We also offer both nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation if you need a little extra help to relax during your appointment.

Some procedures can cause soreness and tenderness that linger for several days, but pain medication and making wise choices about what you eat should help to keep your discomfort to a minimum.

What Happens if Gum Disease Is Left Untreated?

Without proper treatment, gum disease is likely to worsen over time. In addition to losing some of your gum tissue, you may also lose some bone in your jaw, causing your teeth to become loose — perhaps even leading to total tooth loss. (In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of missing teeth among adults in the U.S.) You might also experience some systemic health consequences. Gum disease is associated with an increased risk of numerous conditions, including heart attack, stroke, dementia, preterm birth, and more. 

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