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Periodontal Therapy – Pearland, TX

Stopping Gum Disease & Restoring Your Oral Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease (also known as periodontitis) impacts one out of every two adults in America. It’s also one of the most damaging dental problems, causing countless side effects and permanent oral damage when left untreated. Fortunately, our dentists in Pearland do everything we can to catch this disease in its early stages and treat it before it can cause you harm. That’s why we conduct thorough gum examinations during each of your semi-annual checkups. If we spot any signs of this bacterial gum infection, we’ll develop a detailed treatment plan and make sure your smile stays healthy and happy.

Why Choose Maxwello Dental For Periodontal Therapy?

  • Comprehensive Dental Care
  • Spa Amenities
  • Experienced and Caring Dentists

What is Gum Disease?

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Each time you eat a snack or meal, your saliva mixes with the sugars and carbohydrates in your food and forms a sticky film called plaque. Harmful oral bacteria feed off of these substances and release waste in the form of enamel-eroding acid and toxins that can infect your oral tissues and cause symptoms such as irritation, swelling, and bleeding.

If plaque isn’t regularly removed from your mouth by brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar, which can’t be removed at home with a toothbrush, and will cut off the connection between your gums and teeth and cause pockets of bacteria to form. From here, the disease can cause permanent damage to your mouth, which is why Dr. Plummer and Dr. Pham do everything they can to diagnose and reverse the condition early, so you can continue enjoying your smile.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

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There are two stages of gum disease that can exhibit different symptoms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earlier of the stages and causes more mild side effects, including:

  • Inflamed, swollen, and red gums.
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing.
  • Chronic bad breath.

When the disease is left to become more severe and develop into periodontitis, the symptoms can cause permanent damage. Advanced gum disease often exhibits signs such as:

  • Receding gums.
  • Pockets of bacteria and pus located between teeth.
  • Discomfort while chewing.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Permanent tooth loss.

At the first sight of any of these signs, it’s important that you contact our office immediately. We’ll thoroughly examine your gums and oral tissues and determine what the best route for treatment is.

How Can You Treat Gum Disease?

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Depending on what stage your gum disease has developed to, we will create a detailed treatment plan to ease your discomfort and reduce the impact of your symptoms with periodontal therapy. We offer multiple treatment options, which are listed below.

Scaling and Root Planing

For patients who are experiencing the earlier signs of gum disease, we may suggest scaling and root planing, which is sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning. During the procedure, we’ll thoroughly clear any plaque and tartar deposits from below your gumline and gently smooth out the rough surfaces of the roots of your teeth. This will make it harder for plaque to gather and give your gums a chance to healthily reattach to your teeth, lowering the chances that the gum disease will redevelop.

Antibiotic Therapy

We may also suggest antibiotic treatment that can be used in combination with a deep cleaning to reduce the number of harmful oral bacteria and treat the symptoms you’re experiencing. We typically recommend this option for patients who have severely progressed gum disease.

If you’re experiencing signs of gum disease or would like to learn more about how you can protect your smile from this incredibly common condition, contact our office today. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with a thorough examination to make sure that your gums and teeth are as healthy as possible.