Gum Disease Treatment in Nederland, TX
Did you know that gum (periodontal) disease is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions? Because over 50% of people do not visit the dentist regularly, it goes undiagnosed, putting your overall health at risk. Scientists discovered a link between gum disease and systemic conditions like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory illnesses, making treatment essential to your overall health and wellness.
When you come to Nederland Family Dental for treatment of your gum disease, you get an entire team of professionals to support you in getting back on track and restoring the health of your gums. Our four hygienists collaborate and discuss specific patient cases in order to come up with the best, most effective treatment for you. This type of collaborative effort allows our team to share knowledge and expertise when it comes to the latest in technology, techniques, and medication.
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums. Bacteria from the food you eat combine with your saliva to form a biofilm. This biofilm, if not removed, will harden and turn into plaque. Plaque collects on your teeth around your gum line, and when it goes below the gum line, it can cause infection, pain, swelling, and bone loss.
Periodontal disease may be reversible in its early stages. In many cases, we can control the infection with diligent home care and frequent professional dental cleanings.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Sometimes, periodontal disease shows no symptoms at all. Once it progresses, bleeding, pain, and swelling of your gums are the most common symptoms. Gum recession, bone loss, and sensitivity also commonly occur.
Have you ever talked to someone and noticed they had bad breath? That is one of the signs of periodontal disease. Having bad breath can adversely affect your social life, career, and love life.
The bacteria that cause gum disease are transferrable through saliva, so if you notice a family member has the symptoms of periodontal disease, it is a good idea to avoid sharing utensils or kissing them. Suggesting they seek dental care to treat their condition can protect the entire family.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease varies based on the severity of your infection. Treatment ranges from a more thorough dental cleaning and follow-up appointments to gum surgery. In cases of severe recession, we sometimes recommend gum grafting. When tooth loss occurs, we offer tooth-replacement options such as dental implants and bridges.
Our goal is to diagnose gum disease in its early stages, minimizing the amount of treatment necessary to manage your condition. Once your gum disease is under control, maintaining your preventative appointments is important in order for you to stay on track.
Call for a Periodontal Evaluation
Do you have symptoms of periodontal disease? Seeking treatment as soon as possible will protect your dental health as well as your overall health. Dr. Gomez and his highly skilled dental team will outline the steps necessary to restore the health and beauty of your smile.