Hello Houston! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of the Antoine Dental Center. At our comfortable and modern office, we’ve helped countless patients develop a beautiful smile. We’ve helped countless patients develop healthy teeth. But there is a major villain when it comes to the health and appearance of your smile: gum disease.
Gum disease will affect the oral health of about half of all Americans. Gum disease can cause you to lose teeth, and has been linked to several potentially fatal illnesses. However, gum disease is treatable and reversible with proper dental care. In today’s post, we’re going to tell you more about the symptoms and dangers of gum disease, as well as how gum disease can be treated.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we are equipped to treat every stage of gum disease. We are one of the very few dental offices to have an in-house periodontist. Periodontists are specialists who have undergone years of training and education to detect and treat gum disease. Our periodontist, Dr. Eric Choudury is one of only a few thousand periodontists in the country.
But what exactly is gum disease and why is it so dangerous? Gum disease is often a silent and painless disease in its earlier stages, but if left untreated it can serious consequences for your oral health. Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gums. These buildups of plaque may be caused by poor oral hygiene, poor diet, tobacco use, genetics, or certain medication.
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and can easily be corrected. You may be experiencing gingivitis if you are suffering from one or more of the following symptoms: swollen or inflamed gums, tender gums, gums which bleeding during brushing and/or flossing, or chronic bad breath.
As gum disease progresses, the symptoms will get worse. Advanced gum disease requires more advanced treatment and care. During the advanced stages of gum disease, you may notice that your gums are beginning to separate from your teeth, have loose teeth, have teeth fall-out, or notice a change in your bite.
Luckily, we can detect gum disease with state-of-the-art dental technology at the Antoine Dental Center. We have a special i-CAT machine which allows us to take 3D scans of your teeth very quickly. We then use these digital images to locate plaque build-ups which are causing your gum disease and plan your treatment. We may also use digital x-rays to look for signs of gum disease.
Once we’ve diagnosed how gum disease is affecting your oral health, we can begin planning your treatment. We may recommend a deep cleaning of your teeth, or gum surgery if your gum disease is more advanced.
A deep cleaning of your teeth is also known as scaling and root planing. During a deep cleaning, we reach into areas under your gums which are inaccessible during regular brushing and flossing. We’ll scale your teeth and remove tartar located under your gums. We will also plan your roots by removing bacteria build-ups at the root of your teeth. We offer local anesthesia and dental sedation options for this procedure.
Gum surgery is sometimes necessary because your teeth has loosened and you are at-risk for losing them. This generally occurs when pockets begin to form in your gums. Gum surgery is performed under sedation so you don’t experience any discomfort. During gum surgery, we lift your gums and remove bacteria and tartar. We may also restore bone structure which has been lost to gum disease, or tissue which has separated from your gums.
Make An Appointment
If you’ve noticed any potential signs of gum disease, you should schedule an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX right away. These signs include things like bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, swollen gums, or read gums. Save your teeth! Untreated gum disease can cause them to fall-out.
We will thoroughly examine your teeth for signs of gum disease and help plan your treatment. Make an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX by calling our office at 713-364-8890.