Periodontal Disease in Katy, TX

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What Is Gum Disease?

Have you noticed bleeding in your gums when you floss or brush your teeth? Bleeding gums is a common sign of periodontal (gum) disease, which is an oral problem that impacts the smiles of many patients. Other signs and symptoms that result from the presence of gum disease in the mouth include bad breath, puffy or red gums, tender gum, and loose teeth. Caused by bacteria that live within oral plaque, gum disease destroys the bone and connective tissues around the teeth and can result in tooth loss over time if the condition is not treated. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and additional general health problems and can impact your overall well-being along with the quality of your smile.

At Made Ya Smile, we want to help you and your loved ones keep your smiles healthy and beautiful. Our skilled dentist and team routinely screen for gum disease during routine exam visits and offer effective options to treat this condition. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients. The earlier gum disease is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of minimizing bone loss and its destructive effects. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and is reversible with early care. If it is allowed to progress to periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, the effects on the bone that supports the teeth are irreversible. Over time, gum disease that remains untreated may lead to the loss of natural teeth. If you think gum disease may be putting your health and smile at risk, please contact our Katy, TX practice and schedule a periodontal screening with our experienced team today.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Disease-causing bacteria live and thrive within the plaque and tartar that accumulate on the teeth. Toxins produced by these organisms irritate the gums and can cause the body to begin breaking down the tissues (bone and gum) that support your teeth. In general, we classify gum disease in three separate stages. Gingivitis is the early stage where bacteria in the plaque start to cause inflammation and redness of the gums but does not result in damage to the jawbone. When the disease process is not stopped at this point, the condition can move on to deeper tissues and causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and the bone to start deteriorating. Advanced periodontitis occurs when periodontitis is left untreated and is characterized by greater bone loss and tooth mobility that can result in the loss of teeth.

Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:

• Gums that bleed

• Gum inflammation, redness, or tenderness

• Teeth that shift or feel loose

• Gums that are receding or sensitive

• Pus between the teeth and gums

• Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

Any of these signs and symptoms could mean that gum disease is affecting your health but some patients have no apparent outward indications. The best line of defense against gum disease is through a good home care routine and keeping up with your dental visits for cleanings and exams. At each of your exam visits with our Katy, TX team, we will screen for gum disease to identify the condition as early as possible. However, if you experience any signs or symptoms of gum disease between your visits, get in touch with our team so that we can see you right away for an evaluation.

How Is Gum Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease can help preserve your health, general wellness, and smile. Our team screens for periodontal disease by measuring the depth of the spaces (periodontal pockets) between your gums and teeth with a small periodontal ruler. Bacteria hide deep down in these spaces and can initiate the process of the gums pulling away from the teeth. We also take high-quality x-rays to evaluate the amount of bone that is supporting your teeth.

Bone loss on the x-rays along with pocket measurements that are higher than 3mm typically indicates the presence of gum disease. If we detect any areas of concern, our dentist may recommend a non-surgical or surgical gum disease treatment to address your specific needs and help stop the disease from worsening. Scaling and root planing, along with locally administered antibiotics, is often ideal for treating periodontitis while a surgical approach may be the best treatment plan for more advanced periodontitis cases. Gum recession is often an effect of gum disease. Once the periodontal condition is treated and under control, we will let you know if a gum graft procedure is recommenced to restore a receded gumline. Our team is experienced in helping patients reestablish a healthy smile after gum disease and is here to assist you and your loved ones in getting back to oral health.

What to Expect After Gum Disease Treatment

Adhering to an excellent home care routine and keeping up with cleaning visits as recommended by our dentist is the best way to maintain your gum and bone health following treatment for periodontal disease. Seeking treatment from a qualified team as early as possible can help minimize the amount of bone loss and damage to your overall health. Non-surgical and surgical procedures for gum disease each carry their own set of recovery instructions. Our team will let you know what to do after your procedure and give you tips on how to take care of your teeth and gums in the best possible way.

While gum disease can be treated with effective procedures, it cannot be cured. Bi-annual dental cleanings are usually no longer enough to help manage a periodontal condition. The bacteria are known to cause disease typically grow at a faster rate after about three months. Our dentist will likely recommend a periodontal maintenance program once you have been treated for gum disease. These visits replace your bi-annual cleanings and are usually scheduled every 3 – 4 months to help keep bacteria levels under control and from reinfecting your gum tissues. During these visits, we will provide a more in-depth cleaning, keep a close watch on your periodontal pockets, and treat any recurring areas of active periodontal infection. X-rays, exams, and periodontal measurements are also performed as needed when you are here for your periodontal maintenance appointments.

Is Gum Disease Treatment Covered by Insurance?

Depending on your dental insurance plan, a portion of your periodontal disease treatment may be covered. A member of our staff will review your benefits coverage and let you know if there will be any out-of-pocket expenses. Gum disease is a common yet serious concern for many patients. At Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, we want you to get the care you need for better overall health and will work with you to help you find a payment solution if you do not have insurance or have periodontal costs. We are happy to offer several easy payment options and can provide information on low- or no-interest payment options.

Preserve Your Periodontal Health

Keep your gums and bone health and your smile in excellent shape with gum disease care from our Katy, TX facility. Our dentist and team routinely screen for gum disease and can help you overcome the effects of this condition with effective treatment options. Gum disease can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and even tooth loss if it is not addressed properly and may even impact your systemic health. If you have gums that bleed, bad breath, or other indications of gum disease, contact Made Ya Smile right away to make an appointment for your periodontal disease evaluation.

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