Periodontal Disease in Sugar Land, TX

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What Is Gum Disease?

At Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX, our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for all types of oral conditions. A problem that affects many patients is gum (periodontal) disease, which is the primary reason that adults lose their natural teeth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria that thrive within the plaque and cause gum inflammation, bleeding, bad breath, loose teeth, and several other concerning symptoms. This type of periodontal condition has also been linked to systemic health concerns, like heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. We want you and your family to enjoy healthy smiles for life and offer periodontal treatment to restore gum health and help you manage any periodontal concerns.

Visiting our practice for routine dental exams can allow our dentists to identify gum disease as early as possible and recommend the best treatment approach to keep gum disease from causing harm to your health and smile. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which is reversible with early care. When left to progress, however, gingivitis leads to periodontitis, the stage in which the bone and connective tissue that your teeth rely on for support become irreversibly damaged. Our team offers nonsurgical and surgical periodontal treatment to stop the progression of gum disease and preserve your gums and bone to minimize the risk of tooth loss. Common symptoms, like bleeding or swollen gums, receding gums, and halitosis (chronic bad breath), are not considered normal and may indicate a gum problem. Schedule a gum disease screening with our team today if you have any signs or symptoms of a periodontal issue.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is generally classified in three stages. Gingivitis is the beginning stage in which bacterial plaque irritates the gums, causing redness, tenderness, swelling, and bleeding. The effects of gingivitis are completely reversible and do not cause damage to the underlying bone. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left to progress. This stage of gum disease is characterized by early bone deterioration and gums that begin to pull away from the teeth. Advanced periodontitis results when the infection invades deeper areas of the bone, often leaving the teeth loose in their sockets and at serious risk of being lost.

The key to preventing the progression of gum disease is diagnosing and treating the condition as soon as possible. While you may notice some symptoms of gum disease on your own, the best way to be sure if it is affecting your smile is through a periodontal evaluation by our team. We routinely screen patients for gum disease at each dental cleaning and exam visit. But if you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, contact us right away so that we can get you in to take a look:

  • Swollen, tender, or red gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Pus around the gums
  • Tooth sensitivity or gum recession
  • Teeth that shift or are loose

How Is Gum Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

Our dentists will assess your periodontal health and determine the best treatment approach for your unique needs. To evaluate for periodontal disease, we will take high-definition digital x-rays to show the level of bone surrounding your teeth. Bone loss is a major indicator of gum disease in the mouth. The spaces between your teeth and gum (periodontal pockets) will be measured with a small ruler. Disease-causing bacteria hide in these pockets and can cause the gums to separate from the teeth and deepen these spaces.

If your pockets measure more than 3mm and we can see bone loss on your x-rays, our dentists will likely recommend nonsurgical or surgical periodontal disease treatment based on the severity of your gum disease condition. We may discuss scaling and root planing with locally delivered antibiotic therapy or a surgical approach for more advanced cases. If gum recession has occurred, you may benefit from a gum graft procedure once your gum disease is treated and controlled. Whatever your treatment needs may be, our caring team is here to help guide you to better gum health and protect the future of your smile.

What to Expect After Gum Disease Treatment

Once you have been treated for gum disease, it is very important to keep up with recommended cleaning and maintenance appointments along with very thorough brushing and flossing at home. Gum disease an oral condition for which there is no cure. However, it can be treated and managed to help prevent further gum and bone damage and save your smile from tooth loss. The recovery phase following gum disease treatment will vary based on whether you required nonsurgical or surgical care. We will be sure to provide you with instructions on how to best care for your mouth both following your procedure and for ongoing oral health maintenance.

Bacteria that lead to gum disease are known to reproduce quickly after about 90 days or so. To help keep bacteria in your mouth at a minimum, our dentists may recommend periodontal maintenance visits with our hygiene team every 3 – 4 months. These appointments take the place our biannual prophylaxis (cleaning) procedures, which are not usually effective against controlling most gum disease conditions. Periodontal maintenance takes a more in-depth approach to cleaning above and below the gumline to minimize plaque, tartar, and bacterial accumulation. We will also provide exams, periodontal evaluations, and x-rays as needed to manage your health during the visits.

Is Gum Disease Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Treatment for periodontal disease may be covered by your dental insurance plan. To learn more about your specific coverage, our business team will contact your provider and calculate any personal expenses. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO plans and will submit your insurance claims for you. Gum disease is a serious threat to your health and smile, and we want you to be able to get affordable care when you need. We are happy to work with you to find a solution that meets both your budget and treatment needs. Ask our team about convenient low-interest financing options through CareCredit® and our flexible payment methods during your consultation.

Preserve Your Periodontal Health

Gum disease may be common, but it does not have to keep you from enjoying a healthy and happy smile. Visiting our team regularly for screenings and contacting us right away if you notice bleeding, inflammation, bad breath, and other gum disease symptoms can minimize your risk for bone and gum damage and even help preserve your general health. Our dentists can help you understand more about your oral health condition and recommend effective treatment options. Get in touch with Made Ya Smile Dental in Sugar Land, TX today to schedule your gum disease screening.

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