Periodontal Disease Overview
Dr. Eric Capps and the team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Rosenburg, TX is committed to providing comprehensive dental care that meets the individual needs of each of our patients. Periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why our team offers periodontal treatment for the varying stages of the disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria are left to thrive within the structures of the teeth and gums. This leads to gum inflammation, bad breath, loose teeth, gum bleeding, and more severe symptoms. Untreated gum disease can also lead to serious health conditions including, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. It is our goal to protect your smile and help you maintain optimal oral health and overall wellness. Therefore, we are pleased to perform a full scope of periodontal diagnostic processes and treatments.
Attending annual exams and bi-annual dental cleanings is the easiest way to stay ahead of gum disease. During these visits, Dr. Capps will have the opportunity to diagnose the condition early on, allowing him more treatment options and less invasive procedures. Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which is completely curable with the help of routine maintenance and early intervention. If left untreated, gingivitis advances into the subsequent stage known as periodontitis. In this stage of the disease, the gums, tissues, and teeth can become damaged. Made Ya Smile Dental in Rosenberg, TX offers surgical and nonsurgical treatment options to halt the damage caused by periodontal disease and save your teeth and gums from further damage. If you are noticing abnormal symptoms such as bleeding or receding gums and chronic bad breath, schedule a visit to our office for a check-up.
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Best Candidates for Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, as mentioned above, occurs in phases, beginning with gingivitis. During this phase, your gums may become irritated causing swelling, tenderness, redness, and bleeding. If treatment is sought during this phase, the disease can be cured and progression halted. However, when left to progress, gingivitis leads to periodontitis, which can cause more severe symptoms, including but not limited to bone deterioration and loose teeth. The easiest way to prevent gum disease is to maintain optimal oral health and attend annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings. If Dr. Capps feels you are at risk for gum disease, he will perform a detailed periodontal evaluation to determine how best to combat the condition. Ideal candidates for a periodontal evaluation may be experiencing:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath or bad taste
- Gum recession
- Pus around the gums
- Loose teeth
What to Expect with Periodontal Disease
If periodontal disease is suspected or diagnosed, Dr. Capps will evaluate the current state of your gums and teeth to determine which treatment approach should be taken. To fully understand the stage and progression of the disease, we will obtain digital x-rays to determine whether bone deterioration has taken place. The presence of bone loss is a strong indication of periodontal disease. Additional, your gum pockets (the space between the top of the tooth and the bottom of the gum) will be measured. When gum disease is present an active, the gums will begin to separate (recede) from the teeth. If your pocket measurement reveals a depth of more than 3mm and your x-rays suggest bone loss, Dr. Capps may create a treatment plan including surgical and nonsurgical procedures to help control the disease. Scaling and root planing is typically the first treatment option discussed. This involves the deep cleaning of the root, tooth, and pocket under some form of anesthesia. Antibiotics are often prescribed or delivered locally to accompany this procedure. If your gums have receded, Dr. Capps may recommend gum grafting once your condition has been stabilized or reversed. Regardless of your treatment needs, Made Ya Smile Dental will help you look and feel better and protect your future oral health.
Periodontal Disease Recovery
After your gum disease treatments have begun, it is of the utmost importance that you keep any scheduled periodontal maintenance appointments and adopt or continue ideal oral hygiene practices at home. There is no cure for gum disease but with the right care and treatment bone and tooth loss can be prevented. Recovery from periodontal treatment will vary from patient to patient. Those recovering from scaling and root planing may experience some discomfort, which is to be expected. Dr. Capps and the Made Ya Smile Dental team will ensure that you know what to expect during your recovery from each treatment.
The bacteria that cause periodontal disease grows very rapidly and reproduces quickly. To prevent the progression of the disease, Dr. Capps may recommend repeat periodontal maintenance visits and prophylaxis (deep cleaning such as scaling and root planing) around once a quarter until your condition is controlled. These cleanings will take the place of your standard bi-annual dental cleanings for a period of time as standard cleanings cannot control gum disease.
Periodontal Disease Insurance Coverage
In many cases, your periodontal treatments and maintenance will be covered in part by dental insurance. To learn about your coverage and find out what your out-of-pocket costs will be, our team will contact your insurance carrier before your procedure. Made Ya Smile Dental in Rosenberg accepts many forms of payment to help you afford the care you need. Should you be interested, we also expect medical financing and can help you apply for CareCredit®.
There may not be a cure for the advanced stages of gum disease, but that does not mean you have to settle for bone loss and loose teeth. Made Ya Smile Dental is equipped to diagnose and treat the different phases of periodontal disease so that you can enjoy relief from your symptoms and the assurance that your smile will remain healthy for the foreseeable future. Whether you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease or believe you are at risk, schedule a visit for a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Eric Capps. We look forward to helping you.