Did you know that about three out of four adults have gum disease in some form, and 70% of adult tooth loss is attributed to periodontal (gum) disease?

If untreated, gum disease can lead to periodontal abscess , and ultimately tooth loss. If you are beginning to see signs of gum disease, come to The Houston Dentists so that our in-house periodontist can evaluate you.

What is a periodontal abscess?

  • Gum disease is known as a silent disease because its early symptoms are painless – usually swollen gums and bleeding while brushing.
  • Bacteria release toxins that break down the natural fibers that bond gums to teeth, causing pockets to form and allowing more bacteria and toxins to flourish.
  • When these pockets get to a size of greater than three millimeters, they start to trap bacteria, tartar, and food. As a result, the area becomes infected, and the connective tissue and bone begin to break down.
  • If left untreated, abscesses can cause nausea, chills, sweats, and fever. Ultimately, the infection can cause severe damage to the ligaments and bone, and result in loss of the tooth.

Treatment Options

  • At The Houston Dentists, our in-house periodontist is skilled in diagnosis and treatment of advanced gum disease.
  • Whether by scaling and root planing, or through use of periodontal antibiotics, we use all the tools in our arsenal to halt or reverse the advancement of periodontal disease.
  • In the circumstances when the tooth cannot be saved, our periodontist also is skilled in the placement of dental implants.

Prevention is the Best Treatment

  • The best ways to prevent periodontal abscesses is to eat a balanced diet low in sugar, brush and floss regularly, and get regular dental checkups.
  • But for some people, even these steps are not enough to keep bacteria at bay. That’s why we offer the Perio Protect Method™. These trays are filled with a safe, bacteria-fighting chemical solution, and are worn for just a few minutes a day.
  • By drastically reducing the bacteria in your mouth, they also drastically decrease your chances of periodontal disease.

If you suspect that you might have a periodontal abscess, or the beginnings of gum disease, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with The Houston Dentists. Call us today!