About Periodontal Treatments
Gum (periodontal) disease is a swelling of the gum tissue that can bring about serious consequences, like tooth loss of infection if it isn't identified and correctly treated. The three levels of periodontal disease are gingivitis (stage one), periodontitis (stage two), and advanced periodontitis (stage three). During every patient's annual dental exams at Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX, our dentists will look for periodontal disease, but typical signs include swollen, red gums; bleeding while flossing and brushing; receding gums; and chronic halitosis. Based on the stage of periodontal disease when it is identified, our dentists at Lake Houston Dental Care provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods: antibiotics, scaling and root planing, tooth extraction, gum surgery, and gum tissue grafting.
What to Expect
Gum disease can vary from mild to severe and our dentists will select the best gum disease treatment considering the patient's stage. One of the easiest and most common periodontal treatments performed is scaling and root planing (SRP), a noninvasive deep cleaning of the plaque build up under the gum pockets. Our dentists may add a round of antibiotics with the SRP service to minimize inflammation if the gum disease is farther along. For the final level of gum disease, our dentists will generally perform an invasive treatment: pocket reduction, laser gum surgery, or regenerative gum surgery.
Due to the chronic nature of gum disease, patients typically require maintenance care which includes at home therapy and more frequent visits to the dentist. The most cutting edge at home therapy is a tray delivery system known as PerioProtect. This tray is custom fitted to you and made to deliver medication. This helps keep the infection at bay in the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information on PerioProtect.
Once the gums are healthy again from the patient's gum disease procedure, it's critical that the patient start a good dental care regime at home to avoid a return of gum disease. Patients should ask our dentists about an at home regime, including correct flossing, brushing, and any other products our dentists suggest. Patients also need to visit Lake Houston Dental Care at least two times each year for a dental cleaning and at least one time a year for a dental examination with our dentists.
Typically, dental insurance policies will pay for periodontal procedures for gum disease, however the amount of coverage can change based on the individual policy. At the initial consultation, our dentists can talk about personal expenses, payment options, and current financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease can cause larger health concerns, so if you notice signs (i.e. inflamed, bleeding, or red gums) please contact Lake Houston Dental Care in Humble, TX as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with our dentists. Lake Houston Dental Care will use our experience and skills to identify and heal your oral health issue.