Periodontal Disease Overview
At Made Ya Smile, Dr. Tuan (Anthony) Ly is dedicated to providing the best care possible for every type of oral condition. One of the more serious issues is gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, which can result in the loss of natural teeth. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that leads to inflammation of the gums, bleeding, and other serious symptoms. It's also linked to other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes. To enjoy healthy, long-lasting smiles, the team at Made Ya Smile offers information about the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.
Scheduling a routine dental examination allows Dr. Ly to identify gum disease early before it severely impacts your teeth and gums. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which can be reversible with early treatment and consistent care. When left untreated, this leads to periodontitis, where connective tissue and bone can be irreversibly damaged. At our facility in Missouri City, TX, we offer a range of non-surgical and surgical treatments to stop this progression and protect your teeth, gums, and bone from damage. If you have symptoms such as irritated gums, swollen gums, and halitosis (chronic bad breath), this indicates you may have a problem. Contact our clinic immediately to see how we can help.
Best Candidates for Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is basically categorized into three different stages, with the first being gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque causes redness, swelling, or bleeding of the gums. Fortunately, these effects can be reversible with a professional dental cleaning and routine care at home. When left untreated, however, periodontitis can cause the deterioration of the bone along with gums that pull back from the teeth. Advanced periodontitis is when the infection impacts the deeper parts of the bone, resulting in loose teeth.
To prevent this progression, the experienced team at Made Ya Smile can diagnose and treat the condition as soon as possible. A periodontal evaluation by Dr. Ly will help us know if you have gum disease and which stage you are suffering from. While we routinely check patients for signs of gum disease at dental cleanings and examinations, you should contact us right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, inflamed, or red gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Chronic bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth
- Pus around the gums
- Gum recession or tooth sensitivity
- Teeth that shift or feel loose
What to Expect with Periodontal Disease
Dr. Ly will assess your overall oral and periodontal health to determine the best methods for treating your condition. Since bone loss is a common indicator of gum disease, we will take low-radiation digital x-rays to view the level of bone around your teeth. Made Ya Smile will also measure the spaces between your teeth and gums with a small ruler, where bacteria tend to hide, causing the gums to move away from the teeth. If they are more than 3mm, and we have confirmed the bone loss, we are likely to recommend periodontal disease treatment. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment paired with a round of antibiotics for less advanced stages of the disease, while other patients may require a surgical approach. Patients who are suffering from gum recession may need a gum grafting procedure. Whichever options we choose, Dr. Ly and his staff are ready to help you protect your teeth, gums, and smile.
Periodontal Disease Recovery
Continue to schedule regular appointments with Made Ya Smile for cleaning and maintenance along with a strict brushing and flossing routine at home. While gum disease is a condition that cannot be cured, it can be managed to prevent further damage to your gums and jawbone. Recovery time following a procedure varies based on your condition and whether you need non-surgical or surgical care. Our staff will give you instructions on caring for your teeth or managing discomfort following a procedure.
Since harmful bacteria can reproduce after about 90 days, Dr. Ly may suggest periodontal maintenance every 3 – 4 months instead of getting a bi-annual prophylaxis (cleaning) appointment with our hygiene team. We find that this is very effective in controlling bacteria since it works to minimize plaque and tartar with more in-depth cleaning. Made Ya Smile will also help you schedule regular examinations with low-radiation x-rays to monitor your progress and make sure the disease does not get more advanced.
Periodontal Disease Insurance Coverage
Treating gum disease with certain procedures may be covered by your dental insurance. To find more information about your coverage, our financial team will reach out to your provider. If you have any personal or out-of-pocket expenses, Made Ya Smile will work to find a solution that meets your needs and budget. Don't let the cost of care prevent you from getting essential periodontal treatment. We can also offer convenient low-interest financing solutions through CareCredit®.
Gum disease is a serious yet treatable condition, which means you don't have to let it prevent you from having a healthier, happier smile. Scheduling a visit with Dr. Ly at Made Ya Smile regularly for examinations and cleanings can greatly decrease your risk for gum disease. Contact our facility right away for a screening if you experience inflammation, bad breath, bleeding, or other signs that something isn't right with your teeth or gums. We can help you understand your condition and provide effective methods for treatment at our clinic in Missouri City, TX.