Gum Disease – Humble, TX
A Healthy Smile Starts with Your Gums
At Progressive Dental Group, we believe in treating more than just teeth, which is why we offer quality gum disease treatment options to keep your entire oral health in check. Gum disease is a problem that you may not even know that you have, and it can be detrimental to the health and condition of your smile. However, with regular visits to our office, we will ensure that you can avoid this issue. Keep reading to learn more about gum disease, its symptoms, and the treatments we have to offer.
Why Choose Us for Gum Disease Treatment?
- Highly-Trained Team of Dentists
- State-of-the-Art Technology & Comforts
- Multiple Gum Disease Treatment Options
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a common oral health problem that affects millions of people. It’s an infection of your gums and supportive tissue, which typically shows up in symptoms like swelling, tenderness, bleeding gums, and persistent bad breath. In its earliest stage, gingivitis, gum disease can be completely reversed. However, if left untreated, this problem can cause permanent damage to your gums and supportive tissue. What’s worse is that it can even lead to missing teeth because your gum tissue can no longer support them.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
Gum disease can often be hard to spot on your own, which is why it’s important that you visit our office for routine checkups. During these visits, we’ll take measurements of your gums to ensure that they’re healthy. However, it’s vital that you can recognize some of the most common warning signs and symptoms of this problem, including:
- Puffy gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing
- Teeth that appear longer
- Change in your bite
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or sensitive gums
Is Gum Disease Treatable?
Thankfully, if gum disease is caught in its earlier stages, a good oral health routine and regular professional cleanings can reverse it, giving you a healthy smile. However, if your gum disease persists, we have treatment options to help get your health back on track.
Scaling & Root Planing
If your gum disease has persisted past the gingivitis stage, we may recommend scaling and root planing. This involves removing plaque and tartar buildup from above, on, and below your gumline—this is also known as a deep cleaning. After your smile is cleaned, the planing portion of treatment involves smoothing out your tooth roots (under your gums) to make it harder for plaque and bacteria to collect. This treats the current problem you’re having, but it also reduces your chances of infection in the future.
Another option we have to offer is antibiotics. With this solution, you will receive antibiotics to prevent infection in pill or topical form. Many times, this treatment is used in addition to scaling and root planing. Simply take the antibiotics as we direct, and they’ll help fight away disease and eliminate risk of infection. Of course, it’s still vital to keep your regular brushing and flossing routine to maintain healthy gums.