Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. If your gums are bleeding it’s time to get help. The sooner we can diagnose and begin treating gum disease the better chance you have of a full recovery with no permanent damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.

Gum disease occurs in three stages. The first is gingivitis, followed by periodontitis and the final, most dangerous stage is advanced periodontitis. So what do theses stages look like and how do you know when something is wrong?

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Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease and if diagnosed and treated at this stage the damage is reversible and not permanent. This is one of the many reasons that we encourage biannual dental visits so we can clean teeth and examine them for any signs of gum disease and treat it as soon as possible.

In this first stage of gum disease, gums may appear slightly red and inflamed. When you floss or brush your teeth you may see some bleeding occur, as well. These are definite signs you need to make an appointment as soon as possible to stop this aggressive disease in its tracks before damage becomes permanent.


The second stage of gum disease is mild periodontitis. In this stage, some damage may be permanent but manageable to ensure that no further damage occurs. Signs that your gums may have reached this stage of gum disease include red and inflamed gums, bleeding gums and pockets of space near the gum line where the gums have begin to pull away from the teeth. This allows bacteria to build up in these pockets next to the teeth and damage the teeth and eventually the jaw bone as well.

Advanced Periodontitis

The third and final stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis and it can be very dangerous. At this stage, the symptoms of the previous two stages are still present and now the teeth may begin to feel loose. Your teeth may become extra sensitive to temperature extremes, you may experience bad breath and chewing may even become painful.


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Legends Dental is following the recommendations of Governor Abbott, Texas State Dental Board, ADA, as well as the CDC. We will be limiting our services effective immediately. Due to recent circumstances and for the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our community, we will not be performing any routine or non-urgent dental procedures at this time.

Though our office hours have been temporarily shortened, our team will continue to support anyone who may be experiencing pain and all who require an Emergency Care Visit.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency or having pain, please text our office at (254)776-0691 or call (254)799-9540 so we may get you scheduled as quickly as possible. You can also message us on Facebook.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments include:
Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation. Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes. Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma. Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation. Extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire causing pain.

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