Healthy gum tissues are necessary for protecting your teeth and maintaining a beautiful smile. Gum (periodontal) disease, however, is a common threat to the oral health and general wellness of many patients. Disease-causing bacteria living within a sticky layer called biofilm release toxins under the gums that begin to breakdown the bone and connective tissues that teeth rely on for stability and health. This progressive condition causes gum tissue damage and bone loss and can even lead to the loss of natural teeth if it remains untreated.
Biofilm is a contributing factor to the onset of gum disease. A matrix of plaque, food particles, and bacteria, biofilm covers the teeth and can irritate the gum tissues. Plaque that is not removed properly from the teeth with daily brushing and flossing calcifies into tartar over time and can also lead to gum inflammation and the development of a periodontal condition. To properly remove plaque and tartar below the gums and disrupt the biofilm layer that harbors harmful bacteria, specialized care from an experienced team is needed. Though keeping up with daily home care and routine dental cleanings are helpful in minimizing the chance of gum disease, the condition does still impact the smiles of a large number of patients. General dentist Dr. Andrew LeQuang is pleased to offer experienced care to stop gum disease from causing further damage to your smile.
Any signs or symptoms of gum disease should be evaluated by our team as soon as possible. Signs and symptoms like bleeding or red gums, bad breath, and gum recession may be common but are never normal. Early treatment is key to getting gum disease under control for a healthy and happy smile. A personalized gum disease screening and treatment from our Made Ya Smile team in Katy, TX can help save your smile and preserve your gum and bone health from the damaging effects of gum disease.
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"This is the first dentistry that I’ve ever been so well taken care of at! The wait wasn’t long at all, the hygienist, billing, assistant, and dentist were all very caring and sweet! I had a cavity filled (which I have never had one done before and I think it went pretty awesome!) and they are also doing my periodontal treatments! They thoroughly explained everything to me from the treatment plan to what my out of pocket is after insurance. Very happy to have found out about this group!"- S.J. / Google / Jul 25, 2018
Gum disease may be causing harm to your smile and oral health if you have one or more if the following indicators:
• A bad taste or chronic bad breath
• Gums that bleed when flossing or brushing
• Tender, swollen, or red gum tissues
• Pus in the spaces between teeth and gums
• A receding gumline or tooth sensitivity
• Loose teeth or teeth that seem to shift
• Loss of bone in the jaw
If you have any of the above symptoms, be sure to get in touch with our Katy, TX team right away for a periodontal evaluation. Even if you have a history of gum disease treatment, it is still possible for the infection to recur. Dr. LeQuang and our team will check your periodontal health and let you know if gum disease is present. We offer effective gum disease treatments to help you reestablish a healthy smile. The importance of treating your gum infection goes beyond your mouth, however. A number of studies have shown that gum disease does seem to increase the risk for certain general health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers, along with other types of concerns. Treating any type of gum disease condition early on offers the best chance to preserve your oral structure and the long-term health of your smile.
What To Expect
During your periodontal disease evaluation, Dr. LeQuang and our team will take digital x-rays of your jaw to evaluate your bone levels and measure the spaces (periodontal pockets) between your teeth and gums. Periodontal pockets that measure over 3mm in depth coupled with the presence of bone loss on the x-rays may indicate a periodontal infection. If your screening results reveal the presence of gum disease in your mouth, we will review your treatment options with you, which are determined based on the extent of your condition. Sedation dentistry can also be discussed at that time if you feel anxious when receiving dental care.
Gingivitis, or the earliest stage of periodontal disease, it can often be treated with a very thorough cleaning and improved home care efforts. Gingivitis that is not treated may progress to periodontitis, which is where the gum and bone tissues start to breakdown. Scaling and root planing (SRP) therapy is a non-surgical approach that is often very effective at stopping the disease process in this state. SRP may also be paired with locally delivered antibiotics to keep bacterial growth at a minimum. When advanced periodontitis has occurred, a surgical approach may be necessary to access the deeper areas of gum infection. Rest assured, our team wants to help you achieve the best possible results for your smile and will customize your care to meet your specific treatment needs.
The recovery process for each type of gum disease treatment varies. When your periodontal disease treatment is complete, you will be given instructions on how to best care for your teeth and gums as you heal. Maintaining excellent home care with daily brushing and flossing habits is very important to the outcome of your treatment and to keep your teeth and gums healthy and maintained once your periodontal health is stabilized. To help you be most effective with your home care, our team will demonstrate the ideal techniques to use when brushing and flossing your teeth each day. Additional rinses or other home care tools may be suggested to help you maintain better gum health. It is also important to know that using tobacco in any form can impair your healing and increase your risks of recurring gum disease as well as oral cancer.
Another important aspect of maintaining gum health following periodontal disease treatment is keeping up with your cleanings on a regular basis. At this point, however, bi-annual cleanings are no longer enough to control harmful bacteria accumulation. We cannot cure gum disease but we can help you control it with effective treatment and follow-up care. Dr. LeQuang may recommend periodontal maintain cleanings every 3 – 4 months after you have been treated for gum disease. These visits replace your twice-yearly cleanings and include an in-depth plaque and tartar removal to keep bacterial formation low and closely monitoring of gum pockets. Periodontal maintenance is designed to help you manage your oral health more effectively, preserve your gum and bone health, and protect your smile from the risk of tooth loss.
Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX works with most major PPO dental providers and is happy to file your insurance claim for you. Our knowledgeable business team will also work to help you maximize your insurance benefits. If you are not using insurance or do have out-of-pocket costs, we accept a number of easy payment methods and can help you apply for flexible financing plans through CareCredit®. Regardless of your treatment needs, our team will work to help you get the care you need in a way that fits comfortably within your budget.
Bleeding gums, bad breath, and loose teeth may indicate the presence of gum disease in your mouth. Let our team help you stop the threat of damage to your smile and restore a healthy periodontal foundation to support your teeth. Beyond your smile, gum disease can also place your general health at risk. Dr. LeQuang and our caring team are ready to treat your condition by customizing gum disease procedures to meet your unique needs. Any sign or symptom of gum disease should be evaluated right away to minimize the risk to your health and smile. Contact Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX right now to schedule a consultation if you have noticed any indication of gum disease in your mouth.