Periodontal Disease in Temple, TX

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What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a progressive infection that can impact your oral and systemic health without professional intervention. As the main cause of adult tooth loss, periodontal disease affects the gum tissues and jawbone structure surrounding the teeth. It is primarily the result of disease-causing bacteria that live within dental plaque; however, a number of other factors may contribute to its development. The general dentists at ACE Dental of Temple screen for gum disease during dental exams and offer nonsurgical and surgical procedures to treat its stages and damaging effects. Schedule a visit at our Temple, TX practice to learn if periodontal disease may be impacting your smile and explore effective treatment options.

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is typically diagnosed in three general stages. Gingivitis is the initial stage and is caused by bacterial plaque accumulation around the gum tissues. If addressed at this point, gingivitis can be completely reversed and the condition should not cause damage to the underlying bone. Left untreated, however, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis. At this level, the connective tissue and bone around the teeth become irreparably damaged. The final stage is advanced periodontitis, which the most severe, and may result in tooth mobility and ultimately tooth loss without prompt care.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Detecting and treating periodontal infections as early as possible is key to protecting your health and smile. Since a number of individuals may unknowingly have the condition, it is essential to visit our Temple, TX team for routine dental exams. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Gums that bleed during flossing or brushing
  • Swollen, red, or tender gum tissues
  • Frequent bad breath or bad taste
  • Pus around the gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession

Not only can gum disease impact your teeth, gums, and jaw — it may also carry systemic health concerns. The oral infection has also been associated with several medical conditions, some of which include type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart problems, and complications during pregnancy.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

At ACE Dental of Temple, our experienced team routinely measures the pockets of space between the teeth and gums and takes digital x-rays to view the level of bone supporting your teeth. If we find these measurements (periodontal pockets) to be deeper than three millimeters and see from the x-rays that bone loss has occurred, our dentists will likely diagnose periodontal disease. We treat this condition based on its severity and stage. A nonsurgical procedure is generally provided to address gingivitis or periodontitis while a surgical approach may be recommended for advanced periodontitis. Regardless of the condition, our caring team offers personalized periodontal treatments to help stop its progress and protect your health.

Maintaining Gum Health

Aftercare instructions will be provided based on the type of procedure you received. Once your gum disease treatment is complete, our dentists may establish a periodontal maintenance program to help keep the oral infection from progressing. Periodontal maintenance visits include very thorough cleanings and gums evaluations, which can help to prevent the infection from progressing and causing further damage. These visits are typically scheduled every 3 – 4 months and replace simple biannual dental cleanings, which are generally not enough to control gum disease. Good oral hygiene at home each day is also important to maintaining gum health.

Insurance Coverage for Your Care

Nonsurgical or surgical gum disease treatments may be covered in part under some dental insurance plans. A member of our billing team will review your policy and help you maximize any treatment coverage. If you have out-of-pocket expenses for your periodontal care, we will be glad to explain the convenient payment options accepted at ACE Dental of Temple. Our staff can also assist you in applying for low-interest medical financing plans.

Learn About Your Periodontal Health

Though gum disease might be common, it can increase your risk of tooth loss and other health issues without professional care. ACE Dental of Temple is a comprehensive practice offering a range of periodontal treatments to help preserve your oral and general wellness. To learn about your periodontal health, please schedule a dental exam visit with our skilled Temple, TX dental team.

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