Many of our patients wonder about gum disease, how it forms, and how it is treated. Periodontal disease — also referred to as pyorrhea and gum disease — is an infection of the gums that can damage and destroy teeth if left untreated. The term “periodontal disease” can apply to different severities of gum disease, such as gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.
Gum disease has many levels, and its effects may vary depending on the severity of the infection. In gingivitis, the gums may swell, bleed, and be generally uncomfortable. In periodontitis, infection and subsequent inflammation of the gums will cause bacteria-filled pockets to form around the teeth and gums. These pockets can decay and destroy the teeth, gums and bones.
So how does periodontal disease develop? Periodontal disease occurs after bacteria forms too much plaque on teeth. When that plaque stays on teeth too long, it may harden and form tartar, which requires cleaning by a professional. Left untreated, tartar will hurt the soft tissue of the gums and decay and/or loosen teeth.
Dr. Miles Mason and our staff at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates treat gum disease on a regular basis. Treatment may vary with the severity of the gums’ infection, but control and reversal (where possible) are the goals of any treatment. Treatments may include deep cleaning, scaling and root planning, laser treatment, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.
Our team is committed to treating gum disease and keeping teeth healthy in Conroe, Texas. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (936) 756-1669 today.