Emergency & Other Surgical

Periodontal

Periodontal is a combination of the Latin words “perio” for around and “odont” for tooth. Thus, periodontics, periodontal therapy, and periodontists all deal with the tissues around the teeth, including gum tissue, jawbone, and the supportive alveolar bone.

When disease, infection, inflammation, or destruction occurs in these tissues, a patient is said to suffer from periodontal disease or gum disease. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. Caught in the early stages, gum disease can typically be treated with improved at-home hygiene and more frequent professional hygiene appointments. However, when left untreated, the relatively mild gingivitis can develop into a more severe form, periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease has several adverse oral and overall health effects including:

  • Persistent bleeding around teeth
  • Inflammation or discoloration of gum tissue
  • Halitosis, chronic bad breath
  • Gum tissue recession
  • Teeth that feel loose, a bite that doesn’t fit together well, or even tooth loss

When patients experience this more advanced form of gum disease, we may recommend a few changes to at-home hygiene, more frequent teeth cleanings at our office, and a combination of more advanced surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies. Contact us if you are experiencing any of the warning signs of gum disease.

Scaling & Root Planing

Used in tandem, Scaling and Root Planing are the most commonly recommended periodontal therapies we offer. Scaling is the removal of plaque, tartar, and damaged gum tissue. Root planning is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future plaque and tartar buildup.

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Periodontal

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When patients experience this more advanced form of gum disease, we may recommend a number of changes to at-home hygiene, more frequent teeth cleanings at our office, and a combination of more advanced surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapies. Contact us if you experience any of the warning signs of gum disease.
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    Persistent bleeding around teeth

    Gum disease can damage not just your gums, but also other structures that support your teeth (jawbone and ligaments).  If your gums are bleeding, get a check up soon.
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    Inflammation or discoloration of gum tissue

    If you experience inflamed and sore gums, it is likely caused by an underlying oral condition and you will want to get a check up soon.
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    Halitosis, chronic bad breath

    Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis may be related to gum disease.  If you have symptoms, you will want to get a check up soon.
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    Gum tissue recession (teeth that look longer)

    As gum disease progresses, you may experience gum atrophy - when your gumline recedes and your teeth appear longer.  Get a check up soon.
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    Teeth that feel loose, a bite that doesn’t fit together well, or even tooth loss

    Advanced periodontal disease can produce significant issues with your teeth and ability to chew food.  Get a check up soon.
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Persistent bleeding around teeth

Gum disease can damage not just your gums, but also other structures that support your teeth (jawbone and ligaments).  If your gums are bleeding, get a check up soon.
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Inflammation or discoloration of gum tissue

If you experience inflamed and sore gums, it is likely caused by an underlying oral condition and you will want to get a check up soon.
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Halitosis, chronic bad breath

Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis may be related to gum disease.  If you have symptoms, you will want to get a check up soon.
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Gum tissue recession (teeth that look longer)

As gum disease progresses, you may experience gum atrophy - when your gumline recedes and your teeth appear longer.  Get a check up soon.
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Teeth that feel loose, a bite that doesn’t fit together well, or even tooth loss

Advanced periodontal disease can produce significant issues with your teeth and ability to chew food.  Get a check up soon.
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Harris County
  • Hamilton
  • Waverly Hall
  • Shiloh
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