At Granbury Dental Center, we know your healthy smile is one of your greatest assets, and we’re here to protect it. While your mouth allows you to enjoy eating, to communicate clearly, and to share happiness, it can also be a source of pain and embarrassment, not to mention a direct pathway for disease and infection to enter your bloodstream. We love caring for our patients, don’t get us wrong, but our ultimate goal is to provide the education, tools, and services you need to keep your smile healthy so you don’t have to come back and see us for more extensive treatments down the road.
Here’s our advice on keeping your smile in tip-top shape between visits:
Most American adults suffer from gum disease. “So my gums bleed a little when I floss, what’s the big deal?” The big deal is this: gum disease is a bacterial infection that can not only cause tooth loss but can contribute to serious systemic health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
New research indicates that gum disease is not caused by plaque and tartar buildup as we once believed, but rather by pathogens or “bad bacteria” that live in your mouth. Plaque and tartar buildup can, of course, exacerbate the situation, but we cannot continue to treat gum disease only in terms of physical symptoms.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection that leaves an open wound in your mouth and should be treated as such on the biological level. Would you clean an open wound elsewhere on your body with a brush and some string, or by scraping it with a sharp tool? We sure hope not.
Traditional gum disease treatments include a technique called scaling and root planing which is essentially scraping the gum pockets to remove infected tissue and tartar buildup, and removing infected gum tissue, which can be quite invasive and painful.
Thankfully, at Granbury Dental Center, we offer a revolutionary approach with advanced laser technology.
FDA approved for the treatment of periodontal disease, PerioLase® has transformed the way we treat gum disease. Rather than cutting, scraping, sewing, removing tissue and potentially invasive surgery, laser technology targets bacteria to kill the infection while leaving healthy tissue intact.
Laser periodontal treatment with PerioLase is proven to stimulate new bone and tissue growth while achieving long-lasting results with the least amount of discomfort. By killing the bacteria rather than just scraping away infected tissue, we leave you with a healthier environment so you don’t have to come back again and again to be re-treated.
If you’re looking for the most comfortable, most advanced laser gum disease treatment in Granbury, you’ve come to the right place.
When you typically only see your regular doctor when a problem arises, your Granbury dentist is in a unique position – inside your mouth! – to detect and diagnose oral cancer in the early stages before it progresses and becomes deadly. Oral cancer is unfortunately on the rise in the United States and is one of the most deadly forms of cancer because it is typically diagnosed in late stage. How’s that for another great reason to see your dentist regularly, twice per year, for cleanings and exams?
At Granbury Dental Center, we are always on the lookout for any changes or abnormalities in your mouth that may be signs of oral cancer, and you should be on the lookout for them at home as well. Our extensive knowledge, combined with the security of advanced oral cancer screening technology helps us illuminate abnormal cells before they become visible, so we can detect oral cancer early on before it progresses.
*Can be found anywhere on the lips, cheeks, tongue, throat, or anywhere inside the mouth.
If you or your little athlete is involved in any type of contact sports, a mouthguard may or may not be required, but we highly recommend one even if it’s not a requirement. Yes, there are cheap stock mouthguards you can buy at our local sporting goods store, but you get what you pay for. Typical stock guards do not fit well and are uncomfortable, making them much less likely to actually be worn when they’re supposed to be.
Only a custom mouthguard from your Granbury dentist offers the perfect fit customized to your mouth, so it will be comfortable for you to wear. Custom mouthguards offer the best comfort and highest level of protection against tooth loss, soft tissue injuries, and can even minimize damage from concussions.
If you clench and grind your teeth at night or suffer from TMJ/TMD, a custom mouthguard or night guard can offer a tremendous amount of pain relief and protect your teeth. Your teeth are one of your greatest assets, and if you’re grinding them all night every night, they will become worn down and may need to be repaired or replaced over time. A custom night guard can protect your teeth, and allow your TMJ or jaw joint to rest and heal overnight so you can wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.