Periodontal Treatment Overview
An important part of optimizing your oral health is making sure your smile is free from the bacteria that negatively affect the teeth, gums, and jawbone. Gum (periodontal) disease is a result of this bacteria and when left untreated, can result in tooth loss. When plaque, food particles, and harmful bacteria coat the teeth, this creates a sticky layer called biofilm, leading to issues such as gum inflammation. Plaque can also calcify into tartar over time, irritating the gums and contributing to the overall onset of the disease. Special treatment is needed to break down the biofilm from the teeth below the gums, especially where your toothbrush cannot reach.
While brushing and flossing each day can reduce the risk of infection, gum disease still affects many individuals and must be treated with special care to protect the smile. If you are experiencing concerning symptoms such as red or puffy gums, bleeding gums, gum recession, or chronic bad breath, you might have an infection. Schedule a periodontal consultation with Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly as early as possible in Missouri City, TX to learn if you have gum disease. Made Ya Smile may suggest a surgical or non-surgical procedure to preserve your teeth and gums from further damage.
Best Candidates for Periodontal Treatment
Our skilled staff routinely screens our patients for signs of gum disease so we can provide treatment options as early as possible. This is due to the fact that gum disease is linked with a number of other health concerns such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. By detecting the signs and getting a diagnosis soon, Made Ya Smile can as early as possible, our team can minimize the risk to your overall health. If you have been treated for gum disease previously, you should know that the condition is likely to recur. Contact our facility immediately for a periodontal evaluation if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad taste or chronic bad breath
- Pus around the teeth and gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth or jawbone loss
What To Expect with Periodontal Treatment
Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease and scheduling a consultation with Made Ya Smile as early as possible is the first step towards minimizing your future risk of dental issues. Dr. Ly will be able to recommend treatment options based on the severity of the disease to stop the process in its tracks. The first stage, gingivitis, could be resolved with a dental cleaning and an improved oral care routine at home. When gingivitis is untreated, periodontitis occurs, which requires a non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planing along with a possible round of antibiotics. Advanced periodontitis can be treated with a surgical procedure, affecting the layers of bone and gum tissue.
Made Ya Smile will take low-radiation digital x-rays to evaluate your jaw and bone level to see if gum disease has caused any bone loss. Dr. Ly also measures the spaces in between your gums and teeth, where bacteria hide and cause damage. If we measure more than 3mm in depth and there is evidence of bone loss, we will diagnose periodontal disease and have a discussion about the options available to you for restoring health back to your mouth.
Periodontal Treatment Recovery
After your treatment, Dr. Ly will go over any recovery recommendations to follow as you heal, including cleaning and caring for your teeth at home with daily brushing and flossing. If you are unsure how our team can show you the best techniques and suggest a few helpful tools to make your efforts more effective. Please understand that using tobacco products or smoking can increase your risk for oral cancer and prolong the healing process. Tobacco use is also a risk factor for periodontal infections.
Dr. Ly may ask you to schedule dental cleanings every 3 – 4 months for periodontal maintenance, especially since harmful bacteria can grow after a few months. These cleanings can replace bi-annual prophylaxis and can prevent a recurring infection by keeping your mouth clear of tartar and plaque. At Made Ya Smile, we implement all of these treatments and more to protect you from bone damage as well as tooth loss so you can enjoy excellent oral health.
Periodontal Treatment Insurance Coverage
Most major dental PPO plans will cover the cost of gum disease treatments, at least in part. Our administrative staff is very helpful in contacting your provider to view your benefits and file claims if needed. If you do not have insurance or have additional out-of-pocket expenses, Made Ya Smile will present you with payment options to find a solution that fits your budget. Our practice accepts patient financing with CareCredit® low- or no-interest payments.
Protect the integrity of your smile and overall oral health by recognizing the symptoms and getting treatment for gum disease as early as possible. At Made Ya Smile in Missouri City, TX we help patients through safe and effective non-surgical and surgical procedures and periodontal care. When left untreated, an infection can cause the loss of your natural teeth and jaw bone. If you would like to get a periodontal evaluation at our facility with Dr. Ly, reach out to our team for an appointment.