Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that prevents, diagnoses, and treats gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a severe oral infection. Although it starts out as something that may seem harmless, it can eventually cause tooth and bone loss. Dr. Deborah Carey is dedicated to the health of our patients’ gums since periodontal disease can have a permanent impact on your smile’s future. To help you care for your smile, and to be aware of the effects of gum disease, we welcome you to review our service pages, including:
Gum disease is an oral infection that is caused by harmful bacteria in dental plaque. When plaque builds up on and around the teeth, the bacteria inside of it begin to inflame and irritate the gums. At first, these symptoms may seem like a result of hard brushing or other factors; however, if patients experience any sort of gum bleeding, it is recommended that you visit the dentist as soon as possible to ensure that it is not a result of gum disease. This early irritation and inflammation is known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum, or periodontal, disease. This stage is characterized by tender, red, bleeding, and swollen gums. In the later stages, as gingivitis turns into periodontal disease, patients can experience receding gums, which can lead to severe tooth damage, tooth loss, and bone loss. If caught early on, the effects of gingivitis can be controlled and, in some cases, reversed with regular and professional cleanings. Consistent and improved at-home dental care can also help minimize the damage caused by gingivitis and prevent the early stages from developing into something more harmful to your oral and overall health. To help care for your health, we are happy to offer the necessary and frequent treatments at our office.
To address any questions you may have, and to make an appointment with our dentist, we welcome you to contact our office at 281-859-5637. We look forward to providing you with gentle and careful periodontal disease treatments in Houston, Texas.