Periodontal Therapy – Upper Kirby, TX
Save Your Smile with Periodontal Therapy
Besides your teeth, your gingival tissue is equally important to a healthy smile. The biggest threat to the health of your gums is a preventable infection called periodontal disease. Although it can be avoided, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. At West U Dental Smiles, we can stop gum disease in Houston with a customized treatment plan. We offer the individualized solutions you need for periodontal therapy.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that destroys the supporting structures of your teeth from bacteria found in tartar buildup. During the earliest stage, known as gingivitis, symptoms appear minor, like bleeding gums, swelling, and redness. Although they may not seem concerning, you need treatment right away to prevent it from worsening. If you do not, it can cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health conditions, like cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and diabetic complications.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is most often the result of poor oral hygiene habits, particularly not flossing enough. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria left behind by your toothbrush. If you do not floss daily, it causes the plaque to harden, turning it to tartar. This offers the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which infects the gum tissue. The infection can be stopped without causing any long-term damage to your oral health when treated early.
How Can You Treat Gum Disease?
The first step to periodontal therapy in Houston involves contacting our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Neda Dodig performs a comprehensive examination to create a customized treatment plan. Besides changes to your home oral hygiene habits and more frequent preventive appointments, you may also need:
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as a deep cleaning, Dr. Dodig uses special dental tools to stop the spread of the infection to restore your oral health. Scaling is performed to remove tartar buildup from above and below the gum line. After the gingival pockets are cleaned, a special tool is used to smooth the root surfaces of the teeth. This prevents future accumulations while also allowing the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that removes gum and/or bone to expose more of a tooth’s surface. This is often done to resolve a gummy smile; however, it can also be used as part of periodontal therapy. If there is not enough of a tooth visible above the gum line for a crown or filling to be placed, Dr. Dodig will remove some gingival tissue.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Do not ignore the signs of gum disease or it may result in the loss of your teeth. West U Dental Smiles can stop the damages of the infection with a customized treatment plan. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.