Gum Disease Treatment in Houston, TX

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What Is Gum Disease Treatment?

About 80% of the population have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Periodontitis is an advanced form of the disease, and gingivitis is a mild form. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, which begins when plaque hardens into tartar (calculus) below the gumline, irritating vulnerable soft tissues. Infection can then set in and spread quickly. Symptoms are so mild in the early phases that many patients don't recognize them: red, tender, swollen gums, bleeding when brushing teeth, and loose teeth. As the condition progresses, gums recede from teeth and pockets of bacteria form. The bacteria can destroy gum tissue and bone, causing tooth and bone loss, most of the time without any pain.

At Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. in Houston, TX, we have many ways to treat gum disease. Dr. Nicosia is a specialist in gum-related diseases, highly trained to identify gum disease symptoms, and certified to perform the latest methods to treat the condition. We invite you to contact our Houston, TX practice to learn more about surgical and nonsurgical options to treat your condition.

Gum disease treatment can save your smile. By stopping the progression of periodontal disease, you can prevent tooth and bone loss, as well as other serious health problems associated with the condition. Our advanced dental tools and technologies can improve your quality of life by alleviating pain and other symptoms associated with this condition. Dr. Nicosia can also improve the aesthetics of your smile by correcting any damage caused by gum disease. We take a personalized approach to your care.

Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is difficult to discover by yourself, which why it's very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. This provides Dr. Nicosia a chance to check your gums so he can identify and address gum disease before it affects your mouth and general oral health. As gum disease gets worse, symptoms will include red or swollen gums, bleeding due to routine flossing and brushing, receding or separated gums, and chronic bad breath. In the subsequent stages of periodontal disease, you could also feel discomfort while chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. It's very important to schedule an appointment if you're experiencing any of these signs, so the infection can be treated before it spreads to your whole body, possibly causing other health concerns.

What Goes Into Gum Disease Treatment?

With Dr. Nicosia's extensive experience in periodontics, he can provide less invasive therapies, such as the Allen Tunnel Technique, to patients who want to avoid the invasive nature of other gum treatment protocols. Our practice provides gum disease treatment options, such as osseous surgery, periodontal maintenance, and scaling and root planing. Dr. Nicosia and his talented team of specialists are committed to using modern technology for all phases of oral health, including:

  • Cone beam CT (CBCT)
  • Intraoral camera
  • Guided bone regeneration
  • X-Guide® live-time computer-navigated procedures

Dr Nicosia was my dentist over 20 years ago before I moved to another city. He is the best and very knowledgeable in his field. I still have my teeth so that is definitely due to his expertise in gum surgery and teeth care. My husband recently started having dental issues and needed to get expert care so of course we made the trip to Houston to see the expert. We are both extremely happy with the dental experience Dr Nicosia and his staff provide for our family.

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What is Follow-Up Like after Gum Disease Treatment?

Maintaining an effective dental care regimen is necessary once your periodontal disease has been addressed. During your treatment, Dr. Nicosia and his team will supply you with effective tips to strengthen your regular brushing techniques and take care of your teeth and gums. Dr. Nicosia will then give you detailed post-treatment instructions to help you get well after your procedure efficiently. Periodontal maintenance services, which tend to be essential in allowing youto keep up your teeth and gum health and in hindering active periodontal disease from recurring, are usually done a few times a year. These visits at Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. replace routine professional cleanings.

Achieve Healthier Gums

Everything that enters or is present in the mouth has access to the whole body. Recent research shows that gum disease is linked to an increased risk for major overall health problems, including stroke, heart disease, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, diabetes complications, low birth weight, and most recently, dementia. To set up an appointment for an exam to look for signs of gum disease, contact Patrick V. Nicosia D.D.S., M.S., Inc. in Houston, TX.

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Can gum disease be reversed?
Gum disease can only be reversed if it is in the gingivitis stage. After it becomes periodontitis, permanent damage will be done to your teeth and gums, and it becomes impossible to completely eliminate the infection.
What gum disease treatment is right for me?
The ideal gum disease treatment will depend on how far your gum disease has progressed. In earlier stages, treatments like scaling and root planing or those that use a laser on the gums may be the best course of action. In later stages, you may require more surgical measures such as bone grafting.
What behaviors make gum disease more likely?
The most common cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene. However, other factors can play a role, too, such as smoking, vaping, or using chewing tobacco, a nutritionally deficient diet, and certain prescription medications. Additionally, some people are predisposed to periodontal issues through genetics.
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