Periodontal Disease in Belton, TX

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease is an oral infection that affects the gum and bone tissue around the teeth. It is the primary cause of adult tooth loss, and without professional treatment, it can significantly damage your oral health. Though several issues can contribute to periodontal infection, the disease is largely due to bacteria that live in plaque deposits that buildup around the gums and on the teeth. Our experienced general dentists at ACE Dental of Belton regularly evaluate patients for gum disease and provide surgical and nonsurgical options to address the various stage of the condition. Schedule a visit at our Belton, TX practice for a gum disease screening and learn how you can protect your smile.

The Stages of Gum Disease

In general, periodontal disease is divided into individual stages:

  • Gingivitis: In this beginning stage, bacterial plaque accumulates around the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. Gingivitis does not cause damage to the bone and can be reversed with proper care.
  • Periodontitis: When gingivitis is left untreated, it may develop into periodontitis. In this stage, the bone and periodontal fibers surrounding the teeth begin to break down, causing irreversible oral damage.
  • Advanced periodontitis: This is the most severe stage of periodontal disease, during which advanced bone loss, tooth mobility, and tooth loss often occur.

Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease

Identifying and treating gum disease as early as possible is key to minimizing oral damage. Since many patients have gum disease but are often unaware, the ACE Dental of Belton team screens for the condition during routine visits. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Bleeding when flossing or brushing
  • Receding gums or sensitive teeth
  • Pus accumulation around the gums
  • Bad breath or a foul taste
  • Tooth mobility

The effects of gum disease may extend beyond the health of your smile. Recent research has discovered potential links between periodontal conditions and diabetes, heart problems, pregnancy risks, and other systemic health factors.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

We evaluate for gum disease by taking digital x-rays to view your jawbone and by measuring the depths of periodontal pockets (areas between your gums and teeth). If we see bone loss on the x-rays or pocketing over three millimeters deep, we'll likely diagnose you with periodontal disease. We can recommend a gum-disease treatment based on the severity of the condition. Gingivitis and periodontitis are generally treated with a nonsurgical approach, while advanced periodontitis often requires surgery. At ACE Dental of Belton, our well-trained team tailors periodontal services to individual patient's needs and can help preserve your oral health and smile with personalized treatment options.

Maintaining Periodontal Health

We'll provide instructions on caring for your mouth after your treatment is complete. These instructions will vary depending on the type of procedure you receive. Following treatment for periodontitis or advanced periodontitis, our team may recommend periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3 – 4 months. These visits include in-depth dental cleanings and allow us to closely monitor your gum health while helping to minimize harmful bacterial plaque buildup. In addition to receiving professional care at ACE Dental of Belton, you can help preserve the health of your gums and jawbone by following good brushing and flossing habits each day.

Insurance Cover for Gum Disease Treatment

Some dental insurance plans may partially cover gum disease treatment. To help you maximize any benefits, our team will review your coverage and submit claims on your behalf. If you do not carry insurance or end up with out-of-pocket expenses, please ask us about the affordable payment options available at ACE Dental of Belton. Our dedicated team can help you apply for special medical financing or choose the financial option best suited for your budget.

Reserve Your Periodontal Evaluation

Without professional care, gum disease can cause irreversible damage to the very structures that hold your teeth in place. At ACE Dental of Belton, our team is ready to screen your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and provide the treatment needed to preserve you the health of your smile. If you have bleeding gums, bad breath, or any other indication of gum disease, please contact our Belton, TX practice to schedule your periodontal consultation today.

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