About Periodontal Treatments
Identified as inflammation and/or infection of the gum tissue and bone that the teeth are in, periodontal (gum) disease can be very serious and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. More importantly, gum infection has been shown to significantly increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, as well as elevating your body's overall inflammation level. As an experienced and skilled dentist at Houston Heights Dentistry, Dr. Neela Patel deals with all three stages of gum disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis) offering several different treatment options. Gum disease is usually detected during a dental exam or teeth cleaning appointment, but some common symptoms to look out for include swollen gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and persistent bad breath. Both nonsurgical and surgical options for treating gum disease include scaling and root planing, antibiotic treatment, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction. Dr. Patel performs a number of these treatments here in Houston, TX to help patients diminish gum disease and protect their smiles. If you don't treat gum disease in the initial gingivitis stage, it becomes a chronic disease, periodontitis, like diabetes that can never be cured, only controlled, leaving you at higher risk for heart disease, chronic inflammation, and strokes.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"Dr. Neela and her team go above and beyond to get the results you want!"- A.S. / SmileReminder / Apr 12, 2019
"Dr. Patel and her staff are OUTSTANDING"- M.K. / SmileReminder / Feb 27, 2019
"I have been going here for 8 years with nothing... - I have been going here for 8 years with nothing but great experiences."- B.W. / SmileReminder / Nov 30, 2018
"Everyone was extremely nice and my appointment ... - Everyone was extremely nice and my appointment was very interactive, they use the latest technology and equipment to catch problems early. I went in for my first appointment and I was taken care of quickly and effectively. I know my teeth are in the right hands! Thank you Dr. Patel!"- A.B. / SmileReminder / Oct 26, 2018
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and Dr. Patel and her skilled dental hygienists will choose an appropriate treatment based on your stage and condition. Initially, periodontitis is treated with scaling and root planing, a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the gum pockets. Dr. Patel may also include antibiotic treatment and laser treatment to reduce inflammation with scaling and root planing if your case is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, Dr. Patel may choose a surgical procedure such as laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and pocket reduction procedures with one of her highly trained specialists. Typically, a local anesthetic is used during the scaling and root planing treatment, and soreness afterwards can usually be handled with over the counter pain medication.
After your periodontal treatment, it is important to maintain a good oral care routine to prevent progression of periodontal disease. You should talk to Dr. Patel or one of our dental hygienists about an at-home routine including proper brushing, flossing, and anything else that may be recommended. Following initial periodontal treatment for gum disease, to keep the disease under control you'll need to undergo periodontal maintenance treatments every 3-4 months for the remainder of your life. The maintenance visit will include the teeth cleaning, and a dental examination.
Most dental insurance companies will cover periodontal treatments for gum disease, but the amount of coverage will vary based on your policy, but it's typically at 80%. During your consultation, we can discuss out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and available financing plans. Going forward, you will no longer be eligible for traditional prophylactic teeth cleanings as those are to prevent gum disease, and since you already have gum disease, insurance companies will only pay for periodontal maintenance procedures -- typically 2-4 times per year.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease can lead to serious health problems, so if you have symptoms (i.e., bleeding, red, or inflamed gums), please contact Houston Heights Dentistry today to schedule an exam. We will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and treat your oral health condition in a comfortable and caring setting.