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.
- 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!