What is Periodontal Disease?

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Many patients with bleeding gums or inflammation of the gums are showing early signs of periodontal disease. What is periodontal disease, and how is it treated? Dr. Neeley and his staff treat many patients who are in one of the three main stages of gum disease. We use a targeted laser gum treatment that kills bacteria present around the gums and helps to improve overall oral health. If you are experiencing bleeding gums or your gums appear to be swollen and sore, you need to come in for an oral evaluation to determine if you have gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease.

Getting Treatment for Periodontal Disease

When gingivitis is left untreated and the problem progresses to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, it may be necessary to undergo gum surgery. Dr. Neeley offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) that kills bacteria without damaging gum tissue around the infected areas. This approach speeds up the healing and recovery process, and many patients experience minimal pain, bleeding, and discomfort with the laser treatment.

If you are showing signs of gingivitis or advanced stages of periodontal disease, call us at (214) 705-3536 for an oral evaluation. Visit www.dallasdds.net for answers on what is periodontal disease, and treatment options at our practice.