Periodontal Disease Overview
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth, affecting millions of Americans every year. Caused by harmful bacteria on the mouth, periodontal disease leads to symptoms such as chronic bad breath, gum inflammation, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Unfortunately, this disease can result in bone loss, leading to one of the most common reasons adults lose their natural teeth. Periodontal disease is also linked to a number of other health concerns such as heart disease. To stop this process and minimize its impact, Dr. Jireh Yue and the team at Made Ya Smile Dental can restore the health to your smile.
Gum disease is categorized into three different groups, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. In the gingivitis stage, harmful bacteria cause the gums to become red and inflamed, even bleeding. Treating this stage as early as possible gives us a better chance to reverse the effects since no bone tissue has been damaged yet. Periodontitis occurs when bacteria break down the underlying bone, where gum recession typically occurs. In advanced periodontitis, the bone tissue is damaged to the point of tooth mobility or even tooth loss.
Treating periodontal disease early allows our team to keep the condition from impacting your general health. Our facility offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures to treat any stage of periodontal disease, protecting your teeth from future damage. If you notice concerning symptoms such as bleeding from the gums or gum recession, contact our clinic in Houston, TX right away for a periodontal consultation.
Best Candidates for Periodontal Disease
Some symptoms of gum disease can be hard to see on your own, which is why we recommend visiting Made Ya Smile Dental for a thorough screening and evaluation. At each yearly examination and cleaning, Dr. Yue routinely screens patients for possible signs of infection. The earlier we catch periodontal disease, the better chance we have to preserve the gums and bone supporting your teeth. Common symptoms that may indicate gum disease are:
- Bleeding gums
- Puffy, tender, or red gums
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- A receding gumline or tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that shift or feel loose
What to Expect with Periodontal Disease
Our team will evaluate your specific condition to create the ideal treatment plan for restoring health and wellness to your smile. We begin a periodontal evaluation by taking low-radiation digital x-rays. this allows our team to evaluate the level of bone supporting your teeth. Since gum disease causes bone loss, this is a key indicator as to whether or not the disease is present. We will also measure the spaces that sit between your teeth and gums (periodontal pockets). Bacteria like hide in these areas and cause damage to the support system holding your teeth in place.
Periodontal disease may be diagnosed when your x-rays show evidence of bone loss and your periodontal measurements are over 3mm in depth. Depending on the extent of your condition, our periodontist may recommend non-surgical treatment with scaling and root planing therapy, localized antibiotic delivery, or more complex surgical procedures. Gum recession is also a side effect of gum disease. To restore a receding gumline, we may recommend gum grafting procedures after your gum disease has been treated and stabilized. Rest assured, our caring team will be with you every step of the way and will keep you informed of your progress as we assist you in establishing better oral health.
Periodontal Disease Recovery
Though periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled so your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. The key to managing the disease is excellent oral health habits such as brushing and flossing after every meal and following through a regular cleaning schedule with our staff at Made Ya Smile Dental. Your recovery process depends on the care you receive and whether we take a non-surgical or surgical approach. We are happy to review any follow-up instructions after your periodontal treatment procedure.
Dr. Yue may recommend a strict program to save your gum and bone tissue. This includes periodontal maintenance appointments every 3 – 4 months for in-depth cleanings and an assessment of your gum pockets. Once we have provided treatment, cleanings every six months are not enough to manage the growth of bacteria. To keep the disease controlled, we will help you by reviewing helpful brushing and flossing techniques at home.
Periodontal Disease Insurance Coverage
The administrative team at Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most major PPO insurance plans and will gladly contact your provider to understand your benefits and out-of-pocket costs. Some periodontal may be covered by some plans, but if you do not have insurance, our staff offers several payment options to fit your budget. We want you to get the dental care you need for a beautiful, healthy smile, which is why we partner with CareCredit® for low-interest financing.
Periodontal disease does not have to prevent you or a member of your family from enjoying a healthier, more confident smile. At Made Ya Smile Dental, we try to treat signs of infection and periodontal disease as soon as possible to stop the disease and preserve the gum and bone tissue. If you live in the Houston, TX area and notice serious symptoms such as chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or gum recession, contact our facility as soon as possible and schedule a visit with Dr. Yue.