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Gum Disease Treatment
Houston, TX

A comparison of healthy tooth vs a tooth with gum disease at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Houston, TX

While gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is a very progressive oral cavity condition, it does not always require surgery to treat. This disease not only attacks the tooth’s enamel but also the softer gum tissue. When patients are diagnosed with this disease it can be depressing. There is a lot of misinformation concerning periodontal disease which is why an evaluation is needed. If the disease is diagnosed in the earliest stage, which is known as gingivitis, then it can be reversed and even cured. But if the diagnosis does not occur until the disease is in the latter stages then it is not curable and will have to be treated or maintained throughout the patient’s life.

If patients believe they may have the earlier stages of gum disease, it is vital to have a professional examination done as soon as possible. Come see us at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry so we can properly assess and treat your condition.

Gum Disease Causes

The bacteria found in every person’s mouth is the ultimate culprit for gum disease. When patients fail to brush and floss properly these bacteria can build up to toxic levels at which point the bacteria can turn into tartar and then progress to plaque. While brushing can remove the bacteria and tartar, it cannot remove plaque that hardens against the teeth when left alone. This buildup can aggravate the gums which can cause them to swell and bleed developing into gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease and the only one in which gum disease can be cured.

As with most diseases, there are a few factors that can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease.

Those patients who use any tobacco products can increase their chances. This means not only smoking cigars and cigarettes but also using eCigarettes or chewing tobacco can be risk indicators. Also, certain prescribed medications can dry out the patient’s mouth which can also be a factor for contracting periodontal disease. It is important because saliva helps to keep the tooth surfaces clean and gum tissues moist, so food has a difficult time clinging to them. It also helps to wash away the bacteria which can sometimes lead to significant damage to teeth and gums.

Treatment Options

There are both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat periodontal disease. Which protocol is best suited for the patient will have to be determined by a professional examination and assessment.

The surgical options include flap surgery and tissue regeneration. These are expensive and very invasive. While these can treat the symptoms, they cannot in fact treat the disease.

The non-surgical options are typically performed by a hygienist or a periodontist. These treatments all generally look at the pockets which develop between the gum line and the teeth and work to keep them clean.

Scaling is one procedure utilized. This removes bacteria and tartar from the tooth’s surface and root structure. This can be done by using handheld instruments or newly adopted laser technology.

Root planing is also a non-surgical option that smooths the surface of the roots which makes it more difficult for bacteria to cling to.

As always, we are here for you. Please contact us today at Kevin Nail, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at (281) 550-9054 to schedule your office visit.


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Houston, TX 77095-2890

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