Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease or gingivitis is a condition that affects your gums and the structures that support your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease can continue to progress and ultimately cause bone and tooth loss.

Dr. Lori Logan understands the importance of addressing periodontal or gum disease in its earliest stages, which is why we recommend routine exams and cleanings at our Cypress dental office. Seeing you at regular intervals allows us to monitor your gum health and take the appropriate steps if you do develop gum disease.

We offer a wide range of periodontal therapies, including routine cleanings, deep cleanings, non-surgical treatment, gingivectomies, and bone grafting. Dr. Logan will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and customize your treatment according to your specific needs.

Please browse through the descriptions of the periodontal treatment we offer our Cypress patients, then call us to schedule your next exam and teeth cleaning.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Gingivectomies

Bone Grafting

 

How does periodontal disease develop?

The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and with proper care, it is completely reversible. Untreated, the infection continues to degrade the gums, causing small pockets to form around each tooth.

Bacteria and debris can become trapped in these pockets, further contributing to infection and the progression of the disease. Without adequate treatment, periodontal disease can cause tooth and bone loss.

Why is periodontal disease treatment necessary?

In its early stages, minimal treatment is needed. Treating periodontal disease early can help to prevent the spread of the disease, as well as repair damage that has already been done.

If treatment is not provided, tooth and bone loss can occur. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. Treatment can help you keep your teeth, and can give you a healthier-looking smile.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

During your routine checkup appointments, we’ll check your gums for signs of periodontal disease. We do this by measuring and examining the gum pockets around each tooth to look for signs of redness and inflammation. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum inflammation
  • Gum pain
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Mouth sores

How do you treat periodontal disease?

The type of periodontal treatment we offer at our Cypress dental office is tailored to the stage of the disease, as well as your individual needs. The first line of defense against gum disease is a type of dental cleaning called scaling and root planing.

This procedure is done by a hygienist and involves removing debris and plaque buildup in the gingival pockets around each tooth. You may need to have a scaling and root planing done often to successfully treat gum disease and prevent it from getting worse. Other treatment options, like laser gum treatment and periodontal trays, can be used to prevent the disease from advancing.

If you have periodontal disease or think you may have this condition, call us today and our helpful staff members can help by scheduling an appointment for you.

What is non-surgical periodontal therapy?

We can determine if you have gum disease with a simple checkup that involves measuring gingival pockets that naturally form as gum disease progresses. Non-surgical periodontal therapy helps prevent the spread of gum disease and put a stop to gum damage.

While there are many surgical options for periodontal disease, there are also many highly effective non-surgical choices available. These include scaling and root planings, periodontal trays, and laser therapy.

Who is a good candidate for non-surgical perio therapy?

Many patients prefer non-surgical treatment of gum disease because it’s effective and much less invasive than surgical treatment. Patients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have surgery will benefit from non-surgical options because these treatments require minimal recovery time.

If you have periodontal disease and are looking for non-surgical treatment, call our Cypress dental office today, and we’ll help in answering any of your questions.

What is involved with non-surgical perio therapy?

Gum infection therapy is performed by our hygienists, who work to comfortably remove hardened plaque, tartar, and bacteria and bacterial biofilm from the gum pockets to restore the overall health of the soft tissue.

Periodontal trays are worn at home and deliver medication deep into these gum pockets, helping to stop the progression of bacteria and infection.

What does a gingivectomy do?

A gingivectomy is a surgical procedure where we remove some of the unhealthy gum tissue that is the result of periodontal disease. Most patients who have this procedure done find it to be successful in completely putting a stop to the progression of gum disease.

Because the procedure involves removing unhealthy gum tissue, it can completely halt the progression of the disease, allowing your mouth to return to a healthy and vital state.

The gingivectomy is performed here at our comfortable Cypress dental office at the recommendation of Dr. Lori Logan. Aftercare for the procedure is minimal, and the success rate of gingivectomies is quite high.

What makes you a good candidate for a gingivectomy?

The following criteria should be met for you to be considered a viable candidate for a gingivectomy:

  • You have advanced gum disease.
  • You have deep gingival pockets.
  • You are looking to put a stop to the disease’s progression.
  • You are a healthy adult who is able to have the surgery performed.

An exam and series of x-rays, as well as a consultation, is required prior to the procedure. Most people who want a gingivectomy are eligible for the procedure, as long as periodontal disease is present.

What happens during a gingivectomy procedure?

During a gingivectomy, we remove unhealthy gum tissue by removing periodontal pockets and diseased tissue around the teeth. This helps to make proper dental hygiene and maintenance of the gums easier following surgery.

You must follow all aftercare instructions to promote proper healing of the gums, and it’s crucial that you continue to `come into the office for routine exams and dental cleanings. Your gingivectomy can be the catalyst for a healthier and brighter smile.

If you are interested in having a gingivectomy, contact our office so that we can schedule you for a consultation at your earliest convenience.

What is bone grafting?

Immediately after tooth loss, your jawbone begins to atrophy, and the bones in the area shrink. Periodontal disease also can compromise the size and health of the jawbone. The placement of dental implants keeps the jaw’s bone density from atrophying.

However, some people who want dental implants placed don’t have enough bone mass in their jaws to create a sturdy anchor for an implant. If you have experienced bone loss in your jaw, bone grafting can rebuild it so that you can eventually get an implant.

What happens during a bone grafting procedure?

During your consultation with Dr. Lori Logan, she performs a thorough evaluation and uses the latest technology, including 3-D digital pictures, to determine the health of your mouth and jaw.

Together, you and Dr. Logan develop a plan to increase the strength and bone mass in your jaw to enable you to have dental implants placed. During the bone grafting process, a small incision is made in your jaw, and donor bone tissue is added to your jawbone. The process takes about 45 minutes, and we will offer you sedation and anesthesia to ensure your comfort during your procedure.

How soon can I get an implant after bone grafting?

The healing period after bone grafting placement is about four to nine months. At that point, your jawbone is ready to receive the dental implant.

The grafting and dental implant processes do take time but are well worth the effort involved since the results can be so beneficial to your oral health and functioning. Instead of having dentures, you’ll be able to have replacement teeth that look and feel very natural.

For more information about dental implants and bone graft procedures, please schedule a consultation with our office today. Dr. Logan and her friendly staff can quickly get you on your way to a healthy jaw and beautiful teeth.