Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, impacts the oral health of millions of patients every year. Because the teeth need the support of the gum and bone tissues to stay in place, periodontal disease can often lead to tooth loss, as well as other effects such as bleeding gums, inflammation of the gums, and even bad breath. Over time, the condition can also cause bone loss in the jaw. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adult patients and can be traced back to a wide range of health problems, both oral and not. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition, so it's critical that individuals seek intervention from an experienced dental team as soon as possible.
Gum disease can be classified under three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of the condition and is characterized by red, inflamed, and bleeding gums. When periodontal disease is still in the gingivitis phase, it's much easier to eradicate the problem because bone loss has not taken place yet. Periodontitis, the second stage, is when the bacteria begins to affect the underlying bone. Gum recession also takes place during this phase of gum disease. Meanwhile, advanced periodontitis occurs when the bone tissue has been broken down enough to cause loose teeth or missing teeth.
When it comes to stopping periodontal disease in its tracks, seeking treatment early is important for the preservation of your oral health. Our skilled team of dental professionals at Made Ya Smile offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for patients in all stages of gum disease, ranging from more mild cases to the most severe. If you notice any signs that could indicate the presence of gum disease, such as bleeding when you brush or floss, bad breath, or gum recession, contact our Pearland, TX office and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
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Because a number of the telltale signs of periodontal disease can be hard to notice on your own, our periodontist and general dentists urge patients to visit Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX for an evaluation and screening of the gums. During every dental exam, we make sure to monitor the condition of the gums to look for any indicators of this condition. The earlier periodontal disease is treated, the more chances we have to maintain your teeth, jawbone, and gums. If gum disease is detected early on, you will also have less invasive options for treatment. Some symptoms and signs to be on the lookout for are:
- Bleeding gums
- Gums that are red, inflamed, or tender
- Bad breath
- Pus pockets
- A gum line that appears receded
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose teeth or teeth that shift
What to Expect
At the beginning of your appointment, our periodontist will evaluate the state of your gums and take digital x-rays of your mouth. These scans will allow our team to see if any breakdown of bone has occurred, which is important to note because the jawbone helps to support the teeth. We will also measure your gum pockets and determine their depth. Bacteria often hides in this area, which can lead to a great deal of damage to the support structures of your mouth. If your x-rays show evidence of bone loss and your gum pockets are measured to be over 3mm in depth, you may be diagnosed with the condition.
From this point, we will be able to determine the stage of periodontal disease you are in and suggest treatments to improve your oral health and address your issues. For patients in the early to middle stages of gum disease, nonsurgical procedures like scaling and root planing and antibiotic delivery are typically recommended. For those who have gum recession, gum grafting may be needed to maintain the integrity of the support system of your mouth. Regardless of your unique circumstances, our compassionate team will take great care as we work with you to rebuild your oral wellness,
Gum disease can be managed and maintained to allow you to enjoy a healthy mouth. Once your gum disease has been diagnosed and treated, it will be important to have a good oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should also continue to attend your biannual professional cleanings and annual dental examinations so our team can monitor the progress of your oral condition. Every 3 – 4 months, you may be asked to come in for more intense cleanings to ensure that your gum pockets are free of bacteria. After you have been treated for periodontal disease, a member of our team will provide you with specific instructions for after-care.
Treatment for periodontal disease will depend on how far the condition has progressed — patients in the gingivitis stage of gum disease will require less intensive treatment than those in the advanced periodontitis stage. A member of our financial team will contact your insurance company to determine what is covered under your plan. For patients with out-of-pocket costs or without insurance altogether, we accept a range of payment options. We will also be more than happy to provide you with information regarding medical financing, both in-house and through CareCredit®.
put an end to gum disease
Gum disease can be detrimental to both your oral and overall health, and there are a number of issues that can be linked back to this progressive condition. However, this doesn't mean that all is lost if you have periodontal disease. With modern advancements in the dental field, there is a range of surgical and nonsurgical techniques that can help eradicate the problem and restore your oral health. If you are experiencing any the signs or indications of gum disease, Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX urges you to seek out help immediately. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.