Houston Periodontal Surgery
Periodontal or gum disease is a common, but serious, oral health problem in adults. Over half of adults over thirty have some level of periodontal disease. Addressing gum disease in the early stages is the best option, but when it has progressed, periodontal surgery can be effective in combatting this oral disease. Pearl Dentistry offers preventive, proactive and aggressive periodontal therapies, including surgery when necessary,
Gum or periodontal disease is a silent oral health issue that can progress without many symptoms. It begins with accumulation of bacteria around the teeth, often in areas that are hard to clean with brushing and flossing. Bacteria form plaque, which can harden into tartar. The gums begin to become infected and the tissue changes. Some of the symptoms include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing
- Halitosis or bad breath
- Tender, sensitive gums and teeth
When these symptoms are present, it is likely that gum disease, also called gingivitis,has begun to take hold within the mouth. If left untreated, it can progress into later stages of periodontal disease. This infection of the gums can cause tooth loss, breakdown of bone/tissue and put you at higher risk for serious health issues like type 2 diabetes and stroke.
Periodontal Treatment Options
When gum disease progresses, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Pockets form and the gum tissue can begin to deteriorate; bone can be lost, leading to tooth loss. Deep cleaning is the first step in fighting this infection of the gums and reducing the pockets around the roots of the teeth. Root scaling and planing can be used to remove bacteria and tartar on the teeth roots below the gum line. At Pearl Dentistry, we offer laser gum treatment to effectively remove bacteria and infection, as well as gum tissue that is no longer healthy.
In severe forms of periodontal disease that has begun to create bone loss in the jaw, regeneration surgery may be required. This can include bone or soft tissue grafts. The gum tissue may also need therapy using proteins that stimulate tissue growth to help it regenerate.
Why Choose Pearl Dentistry for Periodontal Surgery?
Our team at Pearl Dentistry are periodontal experts. We can help reverse early stages of gum disease and offer effective options to treatment advanced levels of periodontitis, including surgery and laser gum treatment. Call us for a consultation to restore your gum and oral health.
Bad Breath Control
Bad breath or halitosis can be an embarrassing affliction in social or professional situations. While everyone experiences bad breath from time to time, consistent bad odor on your breath can be a sign of oral health issues. Decay, infection and excessive bacterial growth can cause halitosis. At Pearl Dentistry, we offer solutions to fight your bad breath and give you back self-confidence for close encounters.
Many dental issues can cause bad breath odor. A decayed or abscessed tooth can emit odor; gum disease or infection in the gum tissues can also cause halitosis. A checkup and cleaning can help determine the cause of your bad breath. Often treatments like removing a cavity or undergoing deep cleaning for gingivitis can fix the bad odor problem. However, if a dental problem is not the source of your bad breath, there are other treatments available to combat bad breath.
Professional Breath Treatment
The best defense against bad breath is excellent oral care. Most halitosis originates in the mouth from bacteria hiding around the teeth and on the back of the tongue. Daily oral hygiene to remove bacteria and plaque is an essential part of reducing bad odors in your mouth. Professional dental cleanings every six months can also eliminate tartar and bacteria, helping improve your gum health while keeping your breath fresh.
If regular brushing, flossing and mouth rinses are not effective in giving you fresh breath, we offer professional breath treatment kits for you to use at home. Cleaning your tongue with a special gel and scraper can kill bacteria that hide in the back of your mouth. The kit also includes special anti-bacterial toothpaste and mouthwash to combat the bacteria that cause bad breath. This professional-strength oral care kit can give you the arsenal you need to keep your breath fresh every day.
Why Choose Pearl Dentistry for Bad Breath Control?
Maintaining good oral health is the first step in keeping your breath fresh. Our team at Pearl Dentistry provides complete oral health maintenance in our comfortable office in Houston, plus professional treatments for bad breath. Call today to schedule your cleaning and checkup to get to the source of your halitosis and receiving the treatment you need.