Periodontal Treatment Overview
Through the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease, Made Ya Smile Dental proudly provides high-quality care for every member of your family. Though common, periodontal disease is a serious concern for patients caused when harmful bacteria produce a toxin that breaks down the gum and bone tissue. When enough tissue is lost, the teeth may become mobile or loose, needing to be removed from your mouth. While a regular home care routine with brushing and flossing can minimize the damage, some patients may still require special care to prevent the disease from progressing even further.
When bacteria combine with food debris and plaque, it creates a sticky coating called biofilm that covers the teeth and gums. Plaque can also harden into tartar, which creates an environment where the bacteria thrive, interfering with gum health. Dr. Jireh Yue of Made Ya Smile Dental works to disrupt the biofilm layer and eliminate tartar from the teeth using advanced dental tools to reach below the gumline to clean the root surfaces. A consultation and evaluation with our staff can identify any concerning areas and recommend surgical or nonsurgical treatments to get rid of an active infection.
If you experience concerning symptoms such as bad breath, red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, or gum recession, these are typical signs of gum disease. Please contact our multi-specialty practice in Houston, TX as soon as possible for the best chance at minimizing damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw.
Best Candidates for Periodontal Treatment
During annual examinations and biannual cleanings, the skilled team at Made Ya Smile Dental screens patients regularly for gum disease. It's important to identify the symptoms and seek treatment immediately so we can help you preserve your oral health. This reduces the risk of gum disease impacting your teeth, gums, and general health, since this condition has been linked to problems like heart disease and diabetes. Classic signs of gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, tenderness in the gums, bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and a gumline that has started to recede. In advanced cases, you may notice tooth mobility, pus, and bone loss in the jaw. You should know that these symptoms are not normal and should be evaluated immediately.
What To Expect with Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease is generally presented in three stages that include gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. At Made Ya Smile Dental, the treatment we recommend to improve your oral health is based on the severity of your condition. Patients with gingivitis, for instance, will be given a strict home care routine with more frequent cleanings. Periodontitis may require scaling and root planing with localized antibiotic therapy. With advanced periodontitis, a surgical approach may be best.
Dr. Yue and his staff will learn about your condition by taking digital x-rays to assess the level of bone supporting your teeth. We also measure the spaces between your teeth and gums, called periodontal pockets, with a special ruler. These are the places where harmful bacteria tend to hide and cause damage. With these findings, we should be able to provide a diagnosis and treatment options designed to meet your unique needs.
Periodontal Treatment Recovery
Recovery is based on the type of periodontal treatment you receive at our facility. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we will review instructions for taking care of your teeth and gums following your procedure. Maintaining a regular cleaning routine at home is an essential part of having a healthy oral environment. Patients who use tobacco or smoke should quit as soon as possible, otherwise, this habit may impair your healing and increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Once your treatment is complete, Dr. Yue may suggest a periodontal maintenance program to benefit your gum and bone health. These in-office visits are scheduled every 3 – 4 months and include an in-depth cleaning, routine examination, and an assessment of your periodontal pockets. This provides the type of periodontal care needed to improve your oral health. Periodontal maintenance cleanings can also take the place of your biannual prophylaxis procedures.
Periodontal Treatment Insurance Coverage
Our facility accepts most PPO dental plans, which may offer some coverage for treating gum disease through surgical or non-surgical procedures. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we want to make your periodontal treatment as affordable as possible, so we will review your benefits and let you know if there are out-of-pocket expenses. We also accept many convenient and flexible payment options, such as CareCredit® low-interest plans.
While periodontal disease is common, the effects are long-lasting, which is why the team at Made Ya Smile Dental attempts to minimize damage with early detection and treatment. Dr. Yue has advanced training in treating every stage of gum disease to prevent tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and other dangerous conditions. If you live in the Houston, TX area, allow our team to screen you as soon as possible. Contact our facility for a custom consultation right away.