Periodontal Therapy – Katy, TX
Saving the Foundation of Your Strong Smile
Did you know that the foundation of a healthy smile is your healthy gums? Without this soft tissue, your teeth would not have the strength to bite and chew your food or even be able to stay in place at all. If your gums aren’t strong and pink but red, swollen, and tender, you could have a problem on your hands. You may be tempted to simply ignore these symptoms, but they could indicate a more serious condition—gum disease. At The Dental People, we are able to handle gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease, and get you back to full oral health through proven methods for periodontal therapy in Katy, TX.
Why Choose The Dental People for Periodontal Therapy?
- Soft Tissue Laser for Comfortable Treatment
- Sedation Offered for Anxious Patients
- Caring Team of Dental Professionals
What Is Gum Disease?
Simply put, gum disease is an inflammatory bacterial infection that occurs in the gum tissue. It starts out as gingivitis, manifesting red, swollen, and sensitive gums that easily bleed while you brush or floss. Later, the gums pull away from the teeth forming pockets of trapped plaque and bacteria. As the infection continues to progress, it spreads to the jaw bone and other nearby tissue, weakening their support of the teeth. Without treatment, gum disease ultimately leads to tooth loss. However, its effects can also impact your overall health. In fact studies have shown that gum disease increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s.
How Is Gum Disease Diagnosed?
If you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to dismiss the symptoms of gum disease, especially early on. Here are some signs to watch for:
- Red, swollen gums.
- Bleeding while you brush.
- Receding gums.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Loose teeth.
Should you notice these symptoms, call us right away. The sooner we can diagnose the problem, the sooner we can resolve it. Gum disease is a chronic condition, meaning that it can come back again and again if you’re not careful, which why it’s important to come for your dental checkup and cleaning appointment here at The Dental People every six months. We can evaluate your gums on a regular basis and remove harmful plaque to prevent infection in the future. Our highly trained team can spot the symptoms of gum disease right away and give you the care you need.
Is Gum Disease Treatable?
Although there is no cure for gum disease, it is treatable. If you have gingivitis, we may be able to get rid of the bacteria and reverse the infection through a simple dental cleaning. However, if the condition is more advanced, we will need to use stronger treatments to get you back to full oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
When a routine professional cleaning isn’t enough to eradicate the bacteria, we perform scaling and root planing. Scaling is basically removing the calcified plaque, called tartar, above and below the gum line, and root planing involves making the tooth roots smooth. This allows the gum tissues to heal more quickly and also makes it harder for the infection to return down the road.
Deep Cleanings Using Soft Tissue Laser
To access the deep pockets of trapped plaque, we may have to remove infected gum tissue or at least pull back the gums to clean out these hard-to-reach spaces. Using our soft tissue laser, we can precisely target bacteria and diseased tissue without having to use scalpels or sutures. This technology means that you experience very little discomfort and little to no bleeding whatsoever.