Gum Disease Treatment Houston TX

Gum disease can accelerate heart disease and other health conditions. Studies propose that gum disease could be a more severe heart disease factor than smoking, cholesterol, hypertension, or age.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, which gradually leads to the destruction of your natural teeth' support. This disease affects more than 80% of Americans by the age of 45.

Pain is usually not present until damage from this disease is very advanced.

Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. Bacteria found in plaque produce enzymes and toxins which injure the gums. Injured gums turn red, swell and bleed easily.

If this injury is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets.

Plaque can also harden into a rough, porous substance known as calculus (tartar). Hardening can occur both above and below the gum line. As periodontal disease progresses, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds the teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.

Mouth pain is tipically one of the final symptoms of periodontal disease disease.

Periodontal Health Effects

Studies have shown links between gum disease, heart disease, and other health conditions. Research suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender, or age. The researcher's conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream. Once bacteria reach the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue causing arterial plaque, which can cause hardening and affect blood-flow.

Healthy Gums

Healthy gums are generally pink and anchor the teeth firmly in place. Healthy gums do not bleed or hurt while brushing and flossing.

Early gum disease forms can easily be treated and reversed with daily brushing and flossing and dental checkups every six months. Design Dental Group can get you on your way to healthy gums. All you need to do is request an appointment and visit the Houston Texas dental office.

What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease

Stage One Gingivitis

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis manifests as toxins, enzymes, and other plaque byproducts irritating the gums, making them tender, swollen, and likely to bleed easily. Gingivitis generally can be stopped with proper oral hygiene and minor treatment from your dentist. Timely treatment by Dr. Bibb can restore your gums to a healthy condition.

Stage Two Periodontitis

Moderate gum disease is when the tooth's bone tissue starts to deteriorate. Periodontitis occurs when plaque byproducts destroy the tissues that anchor your teeth in the bone. The gums deteriorate and begin detaching themselves from the teeth forming gum pockets, allowing more plaque to collect below the gum line and causing the teeth' roots to become susceptible to decay. In the periodontitis phase, patients often notice an increase in sensitivity to hot and cold and touch.

Stage Three Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis symptoms involve a significant amount of gum and bone tissue loss. The teeth begin losing more and more periodontal ligament and bone support. Advanced periodontitis can damage teeth so severely that extraction is the only treatment option.

If left untreated, advanced periodontitis can cause severe health problems elsewhere in the body.

Soft Tissue Laser, for Painless Treatments

Design Dental Group uses a Laser Soft system to treat gum disease and other soft tissue problems. With our laser system, we can painlessly treat soft tissue gum issues such as periodontitis and perform more advanced procedures such as gum grafts. Give our Houston Texas dental office a call at (713) 869-0334 and learn how the use of a soft tissue laser can benefit you during your next visit.

Why does gum disease makes teeth sensitive to cold?

Gum disease causes receding gums, so tooth roots become exposed, and nerves in the pulp cause teeth sensitivity to cold.

Suppress the urge to avoid cleaning teeth that are sensitive to cold! Teeth that have suffered damage from gum disease will always be more sensitive to cold. Avoiding cleaning them will only make it worse.

After any dental treatment, teeth may become sensitive. Pain is their way of letting you know that they are injured. Any injury (cavity, tooth clenching/grinding, gum infection) can damage the nerves in a tooth. Irritation should not last long if the teeth are kept clean. If the teeth are not kept clean, the sensitivity will remain or get worse.

If your teeth are unbearably sensitive, consult with Dr. Bibb. Extreme sensitivity could signal the need for root canal treatment, a gum tissue graft, or a desensitizing toothpaste.

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