Periodontal Disease in Copperas Cove, TX

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About Periodontal Disease

The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is periodontal (gum) disease. Because gums support your teeth, it is important to make sure they are healthy in order to keep them in place. It sounds simple enough, but damaging bacteria can thrive in the plaque that builds up on tooth enamel. The experienced dental practitioners at ACE Dental of Cove are trained to spot periodontal disease early, and they can help with surgical and nonsurgical methods to wipe out the infection. To schedule your periodontal evaluation, contact our team in Copperas Cove, TX today, and protect those pearly whites.

The Stages of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is divided into three categories, depending on the severity. The first stage is called gingivitis, and it is caused by a buildup of bacterial plaque on your teeth at the gumline. Gingivitis is reversible at this point, and it has no impact on the underlying bone. However, if it’s not treated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. During this phase, the fibers and bones that support your tooth roots begin to break down, which causes permanent damage. If the disease is allowed to progress past this stage, it becomes advanced periodontitis, which results in tooth loss.

Gum Disease Symptoms

Early detection is crucial when it comes to gum disease, but many patients aren’t aware of the initial symptoms. This is why twice-yearly dental exams are so important. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen, red, or irritated gums; sensitive teeth; gum recession; gums that bleed frequently; bad breath; and loose teeth. Although the thought of permanent tooth loss is horrifying to most people, periodontal disease doesn’t stop there. Gum disease can also affect the health of your whole body, causing systemic inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy complications, and other issues.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

In order to look for gum disease, our dental professionals will take digital x-rays to check your bone density and measure any gum recession (the receded areas are called periodontal pockets). If bone loss is detected on the x-rays or your periodontal pockets are more than three millimeters, you may have gum disease. Your recommended treatment depends on the severity of the periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, you’ll likely receive nonsurgical treatment. Advanced periodontitis will most likely require surgery. The talented dentists at ACE Dental of Cove are trained to detect and effectively treat gum disease to improve your dental and overall health.

Maintaining Periodontal Health

After your periodontal treatment, you will receive detailed instructions on how to preserve your oral health based on whether you received surgical or nonsurgical treatment. We may recommend a periodontal maintenance program to prevent the disease from advancing. These plans typically involve dental cleanings that are scheduled more frequently than every six months. Usually, 3 – 4 months between cleanings is recommended in these cases to prevent the recurrence of gum disease. In addition to regular professional dental cleanings, we can also help you with tips to build a good dental hygiene regimen at home with daily brushing and flossing to maintain your oral health.

Is Periodontal Disease Covered by Insurance?

Periodontal disease treatment may or may not be covered by your dental insurance. A member of our business team will contact your insurance provider before your periodontal treatment is scheduled to determine your coverage and estimate any out-of-pocket expenses. For patients who don’t have dental insurance or whose out-of-pocket share is too costly, ACE Dental of Cove takes many methods of payment and can help you find low-interest medical financing.

Schedule Your Gum Disease Screening

Gum disease is a common but devastating condition that won’t go away on its own, and it can lead to several oral and overall health issues. If you have any of the above symptoms, contact ACE Dental of Cove as soon as possible to schedule a periodontal screening. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help you fight gum disease and protect you from its detrimental side effects!

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