Keep Your Gums Healthy at Portal Dental Care in Houston
Good gum health is key to a great smile. That’s why we’re here for you at Portal Dental Care. You can find us at 12035 Bammel N. Houston Rd., Houston, TX, 77066
Meet Our Gum Experts
At Portal Dental Care, we have gum experts called periodontists. They don’t just look after teeth; they also focus on gum health. They can treat gum diseases, put in dental implants, and even make your smile look better with cosmetic treatments.
What Is Gum Disease?
You might hear words like ‘Periodontics‘ or ‘Periodontitis‘ and wonder what they mean. Periodontics is all about taking care of your gums. Periodontitis is a type of gum disease. It can lead to bad infections that can harm not just your gums but also the bones and tissues that hold your teeth in place.
How Do Gums Get Sick?
So, how do gums get sick in the first place? It usually starts with not cleaning your teeth well. Bad bacteria grow, leading to cavities and tooth decay. This decay can go deep into the tooth, affecting the gums and causing bad infections.
When to See Our Periodontic Experts?
If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to give us a call:
- Gums that look red or puffy
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Teeth or gums that are sensitive
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Teeth that feel loose
- A change in how your teeth fit together when you bite
Don’t Wait Too Long
Ignoring these signs can lead to big problems down the road, like serious gum diseases that are hard to treat. So, it’s better to act fast. We’re not just here to treat you; we also want to teach you how to keep your gums healthy for life. You can reach us at (281) 888-3454 to set up a visit.
How We Treat Gum Disease
If you have gum disease, don’t worry. Our skilled periodontists at Portal Dental Care have many ways to treat it, tailored just for you.
Simple and Surgical Ways to Heal Your Gums
We offer both simple and surgical treatments for gum disease:
- Simple Treatments: For less serious gum issues, we use a treatment called Scaling and Root Planing. We clean your teeth deeply to remove harmful buildup.
- Surgical Options: For more serious problems, we may need to do surgery. This can include grafting tissue or even helping regenerate lost bone.
The Nitty-Gritty of Simple Treatments
Here’s a closer look at our first-line treatments for gum disease:
- Scaling and Root Planing: This treatment has two steps. First, we use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Next, we smooth out the roots of your teeth so that bacteria can’t stick to them anymore. This usually takes one or two visits.
- Medications: After cleaning, we might give you some medicine like antibiotics or a special mouthwash to help your gums heal faster.
The Details of Surgical Options
If simple treatments don’t work or if your gum disease is serious, surgery might be the next step:
- Flap Surgery: This is a procedure where we lift the gums to clean the roots of your teeth thoroughly.
- Grafts: If your gums are receding, we can add more tissue to protect your teeth.
- Bone Grafts: For extreme cases where the bone is damaged, we can use bone grafts to encourage new growth.
Care After Treatment
Taking care of your gums doesn’t stop after the treatment. We’ll show you how to keep your gums healthy at home:
- Brush Properly: Make sure to brush twice a day with good toothpaste.
- Daily Flossing: Floss to get those hard-to-reach spots between teeth.
- Use Mouthwash: A special mouthwash can help kill leftover bacteria.
- No Smoking: If you smoke, it’s time to quit. Smoking slows down the healing process.
Below is a full list of our Periodontal treatments:
- Crown Lengthening
- Occlusal Adjustment
- Osseous Grafting
- Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery
- Periodontal Splinting
- Peridontal (gum) Disease
- Soft Tissue Graft
- Osseous Surgery
- Scaling & Root Planing
We’re Here for You
Your health is our top priority. Our skilled gum experts are here to help you smile confidently again. So if you’ve got gum issues or just want to prevent them, give us a call at (832) 286-1014 to schedule your appointment.