An important part of optimizing your smile and dental wellness is achieving stable periodontal health. For many Sugar Land, TX patients, gum (periodontal) disease is an oral issue that threatens the health of the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Gum disease results from bacterial toxins that slowly destroy the connective tissues and bones around the teeth. When allowed to progress, this type of oral damage can leave too little structure to support the teeth and lead to tooth loss for patients.
A major factor in the presence of gum disease is a component called biofilm. This sticky layer is made of bacteria, plaque, and food debris and coats the teeth, often leading to gum inflammation. Over time, plaque calcifies into tartar that further irritates the gum tissue and contributes to the onset of gum disease. Specialized gum treatment is needed to disrupt the biofilm and remove plaque and tartar from the teeth below the gumline where your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. Brushing and flossing thoroughly each day and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings can help to reduce the risk of gum infection. However, gum disease does still affect many patients and must be treated with professional periodontal care to stop the disease process and protect the health of the smile.
If symptoms, like bleeding gums, red or puffy gums, gum recession, or bad breath, are affecting your smile, you may be experiencing a gum infection. Scheduling a periodontal consultation with Dr. Joe Prasifka or Dr. Trey Nguyen at Made Ya Smile Dental can help you learn if gum disease is present in your mouth. Our dentists may recommend nonsurgical or surgical procedures to treat your gum disease and preserve your teeth, gum, and jawbone from further damage. The earlier gum disease is treated, the better your chances of keeping your smile healthy and happy for the long-term.
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At Made Ya Smile Dental, our experienced team routinely screens patients for gum disease to identify and provide treatment as early as possible if necessary. Gum disease can have an effect that reaches beyond the smile, however. The oral infection has also been linked to a range of general health concerns, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. By identifying the signs and symptoms and receiving a diagnosis as early as possible, our team can offer effective treatments and help minimize the risk to oral and overall health. A large number of patients have gum disease, some of whom do not realize its effects on the smile. Even if you have been treated for gum disease in the past, the condition can recur. Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation if you notice any of the following signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Red or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad taste or bad breath
- Pus around the teeth
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Jawbone loss
What To Expect
Recognizing the signs of gum disease and have the condition treated as early as possible can stop the disease process and minimize bone loss and the risk of tooth loss. The type of treatment our dentists recommend will be based on the severity of your condition. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and may be resolved completely with good cleaning and improved home care. Periodontitis results when gingivitis is left untreated and typically requires scaling and root planing (nonsurgical) and possibly locally delivered antibiotics. Advanced periodontitis affects the deeper layers of bone and gum tissue and may be treated with a surgical type of procedure.
Our team will take digital x-rays of your jaw to evaluate your level of bone support and learn if gum disease has caused bone loss around your teeth. We will also measure the spaces between your teeth and gums where bacteria cause damage and tissue destruction. If these areas measure over 3mm in depth and you have evidence of bone loss on your x-rays, our dentists will likely diagnose a periodontal disease condition and recommend the best type of treatment to halt the progression of the disease and restore health to your mouth.
Following your gum disease treatment, our team at Made Ya Smile Dental will review any necessary recovery recommendations to follow as your gums heal. One of the most important aspects of follow-up care is to maintain an excellent home care routine with daily brushing and flossing. We will show you the best techniques to use and may also recommend other tools to use at home to help make your efforts most effective. Keep in mind, smoking or using tobacco products of any kind can prolong healing, as well as elevate your risk of developing oral cancer. Tobacco use is also a secondary risk factor for the development of periodontal infections.
Since the bacteria that cause gum disease grow rapidly after about three months, our team may recommend periodontal maintenance cleanings to help keep the risk of recurring gum infection under control. Scheduled every 3 – 4 months, periodontal maintenance cleaning replace biannual prophylaxis visits and allow our team to clean all areas of your mouth thoroughly to keep plaque, tartar, and bacterial formation at a minimum. This can help protect your oral health from further bone damage and tooth loss and assist you in managing your periodontal health in a more effective way.
Gum disease treatments are typically covered, at least in part, by most major dental insurance plans. As a provider for most major PPOs, Made Ya Smile Dental is happy to file your dental insurance claim on your behalf. If you have any out-of-pocket expenses for your care, we can work with you and help you find a financial solution that fits within your budget. Our Sugar Land, TX practice accepts several convenient payment methods, as well as patient financing with no- or low-interest CareCredit® plans.
Protect your smile and overall health by treating gum disease as soon as possible. Our caring team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX routinely helps patients improve their oral health through effective nonsurgical and surgical periodontal care. Untreated gum infection can cause jawbone loss and the loss of natural teeth and can also have a negative impact on your general well-being. If you believe gum disease may be affecting your smile, schedule a treatment evaluation with Dr. Prasifka or Dr. Nguyen right away for personalized periodontal care.