Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment in Houston TX

Periodontal Treatment

Why is periodontal treatment such an important part of your health care? Before we answer that, let’s first take a look at what periodontal disease consists of.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

As defined, periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place – in other words, your gums.

The Four Stages of Periodontal Disease

  • Stage 1: Gingivitis (most commonly noted by swollen gums)
  • Stage 2: Early Periodontitis (the swelling starts to affect your bone structure)
  • Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis (the bone loss now results in exposed roots)
  • Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis (bone loss becomes so severe that the bone can no longer hold teeth)

It Starts with Bleeding Gums

It’s important to keep in mind that bleeding gums are the first indication that you have the earliest signs of periodontal disease. If you experience bleeding gums, Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS recommends always mentioning this during your dental exams.

What Happens When Periodontal Disease is Left Untreated

If left untreated, the infectious gum disease can spread to your jaw bone which could result in lost teeth. But worse, if left untreated, it can lead to issues such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, diabetes, and even infertility and dementia.

Of course, the best way to prevent periodontal disease is through the practice of good oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, but if you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, you may now be wondering what your treatment options are.

Exploring the Options

One option is scaling and root planning. This is a process that involves careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets that have formed around your teeth as a result of the disease.

Another option consists of gum graft surgery. This procedure is especially important if you have exposed roots as a result of your gum disease. During the procedure, gum tissue will be taken from your palate to cover the exposed root. Sometimes, a donor source is used to obtain the gum tissue.

There are other treatments available such as laser treatment, dental crown lengthening, and dental implants, each of which can be explored during your consultation with Dr. Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS.

It’s Best to Be Proactive in the Battle of Gum Disease

You can keep periodontal disease at bay with regularly scheduled cleanings at Lynn Alan Palmer, DDS where your dental hygienist has been professionally trained to look for the first tell-tale sign.