Pasadena Texas Dentist:
Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)
Brushing your teeth and flossing help keeps your teeth and gum tissue clean. Regular check ups and cleanings at our office are also key in preventing gum disease (periodontal disease).
Plaque is the main culprit of gum disease. Plaque is an accumulation of bacteria. This clump of bacteria causes irritation, inflammation and infection of the gum tissue and bone. Unfortunately, gum disease does not hurt.
Gum Disease Warning Signs:
- Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Bleeding is NOT normal.
- Red, swollen, tender gum tissue.
- Bad Breath.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth. The tooth roots may show. Your teeth look longer.
- Pus around the teeth and gums.
- Mobile teeth.
- Changes in the way your teeth come together when you bite.
- Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.
To battle gum disease a procedure called Scaling and Root Planning is performed. This is also referred to as a “Deep Cleaning”. The goal of scaling and root planning (SRP) is to remove the pathology that is initiating the inflammation to the gingival (gum) tissue and surrounding jaw bone. Common factors removed by this periodontal treatment include dental plaque, bacteria, toxins, pus and calculus. This non-surgical procedure decontaminates the teeth and gum tissues thus allowing the teeth, gum tissue and bone to a health state.
Dr. Nugent is a family dentist serving Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City and Friendswood. His office is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Dr. Nugent has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Call us at 713-941-8261 to schedule your new patient exam.