Periodontal (Gum) Care Katy TX

At Heritage Dental - Katy, we understand that a visit to the dentist involves more than just checking your teeth. We recognize the important role your gums play in your dental and overall health. Our dedicated team is committed to taking care of every aspect of your smile, paying close attention to detail. You can trust us to provide you with top-notch gum care that prioritizes your well-being.

gum disease treatment in Katy, tx

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria in your gum tissue. It can vary in severity and is usually a result of inadequate dental care, smoking, or chronic illness. Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease, which typically leads to inflammation and slight bleeding around the base of your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that harms both the tissue and bone supporting your teeth. Periodontitis often results in tooth loss and can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Gum Disease

Signs of Periodontal Disease

If you notice any of the following, please schedule an appointment with our team as soon as possible.

  • Inflamed Gums
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Increased Tooth Sensitivity
  • Loose Teeth
  • Elongated Teeth
  • Painful Chewing

Preventing Gum Disease

It is crucial to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine at home in order to keep your gums healthy. Start by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using an alcohol-free mouthwash. This is a great way to begin. Additionally, attending your bi-annual cleanings at Heritage Dental - Katy is highly recommended as it is the most effective method to detect any signs of gum disease.

Cost of Gum Disease Treatment

We strive to provide affordable gum care to everyone. That's why we accept most dental insurance plans and offer CareCredit® patient financing. Additionally, we have an exclusive dental savers plan for those without insurance. If you're concerned about the cost of treatment, please don't hesitate to discuss your financing options with our team. Our goal is to ensure your care is as stress-free as possible!

Gum Disease FAQs

How can I maintain periodontal disease care at home?

If gingivitis advances to periodontal disease, it is necessary to schedule a dental appointment for an assessment of the teeth and gums, as well as a periodontal cleaning. After this, it is highly recommended to establish a diligent oral care routine at home, which should be done at least twice daily. This routine should include brushing the teeth for two minutes, flossing, and using mouthwash. It is important to note that periodontal disease cannot be cured solely through home remedies. Therefore, it is crucial to regularly visit the dentist and maintain comprehensive oral hygiene practices at home in order to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy.

How many times per year should I visit the dentist for periodontal care?

It is generally recommended that patients see the dentist twice a year for dental cleanings and exams. However, if you have periodontal disease, we may suggest scheduling three or four appointments throughout the year for additional cleanings as part of your treatment plan. During your initial appointment with our team, we can provide personalized advice and recommendations on how frequently you should schedule appointments. If you have any questions or concerns about the number of periodontal treatments required, our team is here to assist you.

What should I expect during a periodontal appointment?

Periodontal appointments include two additional procedures known as scaling and root planing. Scaling eliminates plaque and tartar that have accumulated below the gum line and clears out the formed periodontal pockets. Root planing involves smoothing the tooth roots to facilitate the reattachment of the gums to the teeth after tartar removal. Due to the longer duration of this process compared to a regular dental cleaning, it is typically divided into multiple appointments for your convenience and to minimize post-treatment gum discomfort.

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