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Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases in the tissues around the tooth, from the gums and bone to the supportive ligaments. When the structures around the teeth get unhealthy and infections develop, it is called periodontal disease. Another name for the bacterial infection is gum disease.
As the beginning stages of periodontal disease are typically free of pain, patients may miss early detection. Failure to receive periodontal treatment as early as possible, however, can have substantial consequences. Gum disease can lead to loss of teeth and the spread of bacteria from the mouth to the bloodstream and then into various bodily organs.
Periodontal disease may increase the risk of atherosclerosis or clogged arteries, and intensify heart disease. Researchers also link gum disease to increases in the risks of stroke and lung infections, as well as increasing risks during pregnancy.
For a Houston dentist that treats periodontal disease precisely and effectively, count on Dr. Moradi. We offer the following periodontal treatments:
- Scaling and Root Planning (deep cleaning) and Periodontal Maintenance Scaling is the removal of tartar, plaque, and toxins from the gum line, as well as above the gum line. We also smooth out any rough root surfaces in a procedure called planning.
- LASER Treatment
The laser is very safe and precise, it removes a few cells at a time. It performs gentle and deep cleaning. When laser is used to treat gum disease, it reduces the chances for having gum surgery.
- ARESTIN Treatment
It’s a painless procedure, when antibiotic is being placed between the gum and tooth to kill bacteria left behind after deep cleaning.
This periodontal treatment is minimally invasive. It involves fitting customized perio trays to patient’s mouth to fill in the spaces between the gum tissue and the teeth with prescribed medical solution, which helps to deal with bacteria between the dental visits. It requires only minutes daily.
All treatments we provide are non-surgical treatments for periodontal disease.
The treatment will depend on the conditions of the gums, teeth and will be discussed with the doctor before the treatment.
Comprehensive Periodontal Examination
A leading dentist in Houston, Dr. Moradi provides a professional periodontal evaluation to diagnose periodontal disease as part of a regular dental checkup.
The process involves a periodontal probe measuring space between the tooth and gums. The probe is a small dental device. If the space is 3 millimeters or less, the gums are healthy. If, however, the probe determines that the space is larger or bleeds upon probe contact, we recommend periodontal treatment. The pocket that forms will often deepen over time, so we want to act early on.
From your x-rays, we look for signs of bone loss and note any missing teeth, loose teeth, or receding gums. With gum disease, the bone starts to shrink, which loosens teeth.
Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Bleeding gums : Gums that bleed when you brush or floss (healthy gums do not do so).
- Bone loss : Change in how teeth feel and spaces between them.
- Loose teeth : Ability to move teeth where you previously could not.
- Bad breath : Bad taste in mouth or mouth odor.
- Receding gums : Gums appear to pull away from teeth.
- Red, swollen gums : Intense red color, with swollen size.
- Tenderness or Discomfort : Tooth sensitivity upon contact.
Houston dentist Dr. Moradi will effectively check for periodontal disease and suggest the best course of action for you. We customize each periodontal treatment because every person’s mouth is different, and there are varying degrees of severity of gum disease. Contact our friendly team at our Houston dentist’s office to schedule a consultation or appointment.