As the most common and mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis can cause irritation and inflammation of the gums. Most often caused by a build-up of plaque and hardened tartar, gingivitis is usually easily treatable if it is detected soon enough. Some signs to detect gingivitis are bad breath, red or swollen gums, pain in the gums, and bleeding when flossing or brushing. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious and developed stages of gum disease. Therefore, if you think you may have gingivitis or a more serious case of gum disease, contact Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry to schedule a dental exam. Our goal is to restore your oral health and protect your smile by detecting and treating the origin of the problem.
The irritation that accompanies gingivitis is typically due plaque and tartar buildup caused by poor dental hygiene. Plaque is a sticky bacterial film that covers the teeth and usually causes a yellow discoloration of the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, the disease may escalate into periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. Though it can usually be identified during a dental examination, some symptoms of gingivitis include, tender or swollen gums, separated gums, pain when chewing, bad breath, or pus in the gums.
Gingivitis What to Expect
Dr. Patel will inspect the teeth and gums during a dental exam before recommending treatment. Patients with gingivitis most often will need a more advanced dental cleaning to eliminate the plaque on the teeth. Other treatments and procedures may also need to be administered, such as dental crowns or dental bridges. Dr. Patel will consult with you about all procedures to be performed.
Following the dental cleaning and/or additional treatments, the gums may be sore for a day or so. It is essential that patients withhold a healthy oral hygiene routine to prevent future occurrences of gum disease. This includes flossing daily, and brushing twice a day.
Gingivitis Insurance Coverage
A majority of insurance companies will cover gingivitis treatment, but our administrative team will work to confirm if there will be any additional costs. Prior to treatment, we will make sure you know your options for payment and financing.
"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
"If you’re in need of dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry. Dr. Patel is a highly skilled dentist who is dedicated to providing her clients with exceptional dental services. She conducts herself with the utmost professionalism at all times and truly cares about each of her patient’s dental heath."- T.L. / Google / Feb 28, 2020
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"Dr. Patel is awesome. I've seen her since I switched from my pediatric dentist (over 15 years). Her new secretary Phyllis; however, is quite rude. To make a simple appointment, she cuts me off when I'm speaking, she doesn't listen when I explain requests due to details of prior appointments, and she has hung up the phone up in my face. This has happened on multiple occasions. I've never had issues for the same services from the previous secretary who was always delightful. Phyllis gives a negative experience before you arrive to your actual appointment. The awful part is there's no one else to speak to in order to avoid her nasty attitude."- J.P. / Google / Jan 25, 2021
"Great team that cares about their profession. I’d recommend to any individual or family in need of a caring Dentist."- J.R. / Google / Nov 11, 2020
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If not sufficiently treated, gingivitis can become serious and painful. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with gum disease, contact Houston Heights Dentistry of Houston, TX to schedule a consultation and restore your oral health.