Complete Periodontal Care for Gum Disease
Part of caring for your smile involves caring for your gums. The soft tissue helps hold teeth in place and protects the sensitive roots of teeth. Gum disease can sneak up on people with even the most diligent brushing routine, so it’s important that you visit us for routine preventive care to let us take a good look at your teeth and gums.
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WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease has a few different stages, but what it all boils down to is infection around and inflammation of the gums. The earliest stage of gum disease is one many people are familiar with: gingivitis. This stage is marked by red, tender, and inflamed gums. The gums may even bleed during brushing. If it’s not treated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. In these more advanced stages, the gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating pockets where bacteria can accumulate. Eventually, periodontitis can lead to bone and tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
It’s easy to miss the signs of gum disease. Some professionals even call it “the silent killer” because of the way it sneaks up without warning. There are a few signs you can look out for and call us about if you notice them.
- Red, swollen, or inflamed gums
- Bleeding when you floss or brush
- Gums that are receding or pulling away from teeth
- Change in bite
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores
- Chronic bad breath or a metallic taste in mouth
TREATING GUM DISEASE
When we see that gum disease is present, either during a routine appointment or because you’ve come in with symptoms, we need to act fast to prevent it from spreading further. In fact, if we catch it early enough, we might even be able to reverse the damage. With early-stage gum disease, we can perform a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and bacteria causing the gum disease. We may also provide a topical antibiotic to stop the infection. With more advanced periodontitis, we may recommend oral surgery using our soft tissue laser to remove the disease and restore some health to your gums. No matter what stage gum disease you have, though, it’s important that you come in as soon as possible so we can start the treatment process. Severe gum and bone disease that loosen up the teeth will require you to do to a periodontist in Houston.