Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, afflicts many Americans and must be taken care of to achieve oral health.
While early symptoms like bad breath seem relatively harmless, untreated gum disease can destroy jawbone and compromise teeth.
Patients throughout the panhandle come to Drs. Pendergrass and Wilkie in Amarillo, TX, for gum disease treatment they can trust.
Gum Disease Is a Widespread Problem
Almost half of Americans 30 years of age and older have some form of gum disease. Since many symptoms of periodontal disease are painless, patients can be suffering from a variety of negative effects without knowing the cause of their oral health issues. In addition to endangering oral health, serious gum disease has been linked to respiratory disease and heart disease.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should contact our dentists for a gum disease evaluation.
- Swelling, redness, and sensitivity in the gums
- Bleeding caused by brushing or flossing
- Tooth loss, loosening, or separation
- Changes in bite or jaw alignment
- Gum tissue receding from teeth
- Chronic bad breath
We Perform Tooth Scaling and Root Planing
To Effectively Treat Gum Disease
Tooth scaling and root planing are deep cleaning, non-surgical techniques that are used to treat gum disease. During scaling, we remove harmful tartar and plaque from your teeth, above your gum line, and all the way into your gum pockets. Root planing is then used to smoothen your tooth roots while ridding them of plaque and tartar.
Scaling and planing make it harder for bacteria and plaque to stick to your teeth, decrease tissue inflammation, and increase your gums' ability to naturally cradle your teeth and their roots. Our team has extensive experience performing site-specific scaling to target the most critical areas, and offers local anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort during treatment.
Do You Need a Periodontist?
Our Amarillo team has extensive experience and skill treating gingivitis, periodontitis, and resulting symptoms. In many cases, gum disease can be treated without having to be referred to a dedicated periodontist.
Many patients prefer seeing us because we offer a vast array of high-quality dental services beyond gum treatment, allowing us to perform other restorative procedures to elevate our patients' mouths to the highest level possible.
We also have five different dental hygienists on staff, each with different skill sets and personalities. Our ability to properly match patients with the right hygienist makes treatment more efficient and enjoyable.
Amarillo Raves About Us
I was able to get in and out in under an hour. And when I was leaving they all told me to have a great day with smiles on their faces! I will definitely be referring them to any who needs dental care!
Dr. Pendergrass and his staff go way above and beyond! I'm pretty sure Dr. Pendergrass is the most caring, best dentist in the US, maybe the world! I would highly recommend his office.View On Google