Gum (periodontal) disease, unfortunately, is a common dental issue that affects millions of people all across the country. At Made Ya Smile, we seek to educate our patients about gum disease and how to help stop it from taking away your natural smile. Because the teeth rely on the gum tissues for support, gum disease can ultimately result in bone loss over the course of the disease. Gum disease is usually caused by finding bacteria in the mouth, leading to bad breath, gum inflammation, bleeding gums, and even loose teeth. This is why it's necessary to find a qualified team to help minimize its impact and restore your oral health.
Gum disease is categorized into different stages, gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. In the first stage, the gum tissues begin to become red, inflamed, and may start to bleed. When treated early, gingivitis can be reversed because no bone tissue has been lost yet. Periodontitis occurs when bacterial breaks down underlying bone, and advanced periodontitis can result in tooth mobility.
Treating gum disease as soon as possible gives patients the best chance for saving their teeth from irreversible damage. The experienced practitioners at Made Ya Smile offer both surgical and nonsurgical options for treating every stage of gum disease. If you experience symptoms such as chronic bad breath, gum recession, and bleeding when you floss, brush, or eat meals, this indicates you may have an infection. Contact us as soon as possible for a consultation for your dental evaluation.
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Made Ya Smile is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease, so we highly recommend a visit to our Cypress, TX clinic for a dental evaluation and screening. When you schedule your routine periodontal prophylaxis, or dental cleaning, we also screen patients for gum disease. The earlier we can begin treatment, the easier it is to preserve your teeth and gums.
Common signs that indicate periodontal disease are:
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Inflamed and sore gums
- The presence of pus within the gums and teeth
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
What to Expect
Made Ya Smile will give you a dental evaluation based on your symptoms and stage of periodontal disease. Generally, this will begin by taking images with digital x-rays to evaluate the bones supporting your teeth, which is key to knowing if gum disease is present. Typically we can diagnose the disease when these images show evidence of bone loss. We also measure the gaps between your gums and teeth, also called periodontal pockets, since bacteria tend to hide in these spaces.
At our clinic, Made Ya Smile offers nonsurgical treatment such as scaling and root planing or localized antibiotics depending on the seriousness of your condition. Surgical procedures are introduced at the more advanced stages of periodontal disease. Since gum recession is a common side effect of periodontal disease, our clinic may recommend a gum grafting procedure once the disease has been treated to restore your gumline. No matter what treatment plan we offer, Made Ya Smile hopes to give the best care possible and address your questions and concerns every step of the way.
While periodontal disease can't be cured, it can be stabilized and controlled to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Recovery after your periodontal treatment varies depending on the procedure; however, our staff will review your aftercare instructions at our office so you can manage your health at home. Managing the disease means keeping up excellent oral health habits such as regular brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Made Ya Smile will teach you the best techniques to keep your smile bright and healthy. Patients with periodontal disease should schedule follow-up visits every 3 – 4 months at our practice in Cypress, TX so our practitioners can monitor your progress and deep clean your teeth and gum pockets, where bacteria tend to hide.
Our staff accepts most major PPO insurance plans and will call your provider to find out what treatments are covered before we start treatment at our Cypress, TX clinic. While some of your procedures might be covered, periodontal disease is a serious issue that ultimately affects your teeth, bone, and gums, which is why the team at Made Ya Smile gives patients many options for payment. We also partner with CareCredit® as a low-interest financing option.
It's essential to stop periodontal disease in its tracks before it progresses and destroys your teeth, gums, and bones. Made Ya Smile provides excellent, high-quality dental services that allow us to preserve your gums and support your teeth. If you notice serious symptoms such as chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, or gum recession, you should be examined right away. Contact our caring staff at our Cypress, TX clinic for more information about periodontal disease.