The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is often the easiest to miss. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can be very discreet in its early stages. This often allows the disease to progress to more serious stages, causing further health complications.
To reverse the effects of early-stage gum disease and improve your oral health, our Pearland dentists, Dr. Rushi Dave and Dr. Mili Shah, offer periodontal therapy options.
Periodontal therapy, also known as periodontal disease treatment, refers to the tools and techniques our dentists use to help treat and prevent issues with the gum tissue, especially periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease treatments range from prevention with regular exams to deep cleanings, to surgical treatments such as open flap debridement. Pearland Dental Group’s professional periodontal disease therapy options are designed to target the root of the issue, so you can experience fast, lasting relief.
Professional dental exams and cleanings are non-surgical options that can help prevent and treat periodontal disease. When you visit our dental office, our Pearland dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth, which will allow them to determine if periodontal disease is developing or has already set in. Once your dentist understands your case, they can prescribe the proper treatment.
During your cleaning, our hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums as well as from the nooks and crannies that a toothbrush normally can’t reach. Then, they’ll polish and floss every tooth. The removal of bacteria-laden plaque and tartar will reduce symptoms of periodontal disease, can help prevent the disease from setting in in the first place, and will drastically improve your smile.
Scaling and root planing is a minimally invasive deep cleaning procedure for more moderate cases of periodontal disease. During the scaling phase, your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, gums, and beneath the gum line. During the root planing phase, they’ll smooth the roots of the teeth to remove pockets where bacteria can reaccumulate. This process will help alleviate symptoms and prevent the disease from returning.
Open flap debridement is a surgical periodontal therapy option for reaching deep pockets of bacteria. During open flap debridement, your dentist will make incisions into the gum tissue to open a flap. The flap is pulled back to reveal diseased tissue and bacterial pockets that can’t be reached with root planing and scaling. Your dentist will remove any harmful substances, disinfect the area, and seal the flap closed with sutures.
Because the specifics of your periodontal therapy will be tailored to your unique needs, the exact costs will vary. Factors that influence cost include the extent of gum damage, which periodontal treatments you require, and your insurance coverage. We encourage you to contact your provider before your periodontal therapy takes place to confirm with them which costs they can cover.
In the earliest stage of gingivitis, periodontal disease is easy to reverse. At this stage, you can likely reverse the infection with a little professional help from your dentist and a better at-home oral hygiene routine. However, once the disease progresses to periodontitis, its effects can no longer be reversed, only stopped. That’s why it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as you notice any possible symptoms.
You should not attempt to perform your periodontal disease therapy at home without professional help. Dental professionals can spot the root causes and ensure that the infection is gone and stays gone with personalized treatment options. Without guidance from a dentist, the infection might progress or return.
If you’re looking to help control your symptoms, your dentist is likely to recommend the following alongside professional treatment:
Whether you’re dealing with periodontal disease symptoms or you’d like to prevent the disease from setting in, Pearland Dental Group is here to help. Our dentists provide effective periodontal therapy options to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.
Our dentists and dental team are here to protect your gums so you can enjoy your best smile. Learn more about our periodontal disease treatments by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
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