Did you know that the most common oral health problem today doesn’t even directly affect your teeth? The answer may surprise you, but a staggering 75% of Americans are suffering from some level of periodontal disease. Also referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease may not even show any visible symptoms at first, but if it’s left untreated for too long, it can cause potentially devastating damage to the health of your smile. Thankfully, Dr. Mark Gray and his experienced staff take this threat very seriously. We can provide the personalized care and attention you need so that we can both catch the threat of periodontal disease as early as possible and treat it quickly, comfortably, and effectively at our Houston office.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Of course, it’s also important to remember that in many cases of periodontal disease, symptoms don’t manifest until the condition has reached a more advanced stage. This is why attending regular checkups with Dr. Gray and his team is so important!
At our office, we work hard to prepare our patients for the threat of periodontal disease by providing them with the best patient education we have at our disposal. We also make sure to keep a close eye on any suspicious areas and keep detailed charts.
In most cases, our first step when treating periodontal disease is to perform a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. This involves removing harmful plaque and bacteria from around and below the gum line (scaling), and then slightly reshaping and smoothing out the roots of the teeth (root planing). This stimulates the healing process, helps the gums firmly reattach to the teeth, and safeguards against plaque and bacteria building up around the gums in the future.
If your case of periodontal disease is already in need of therapy, we can provide comfortable treatment right here in our office with the help of our advanced soft tissue lasers. These excellent tools make it easy for us to remove infected tissue while simultaneously sterilizing the treatment area and minimizing any bleeding. It’s the most comfortable method out there, and we’re happy to provide it for you here at our updated office!
Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about periodontal disease or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment. You’ll love our beautiful, modern office space, our friendly team, and our wide variety of available dental services. We welcome patients from Memorial, Bellaire, Pearland, Galena Park, Jacinto City, and beyond.