Gum Disease Treatment
Most patients seek a Periodontist on the referral of their general dentist. Together, we will create a plan to combat infection in your gums and help restore your teeth to health. At University Periodontal Associates, our team led by Dr. Dennison, can help you save your teeth, rebuild your gum tissue and set a course to maintain the health of your periodontal tissue.
Preventing Gum Disease
What to Expect at your Periodontal Appointment
The reasons for your being referred to a periodontist will differ with each patient. The first appointment will be to gather information, both of your whole medical well being and of the specific periodontal issue.
It is important to inform our office of any medical problems, even if they seem irrelevant to you, as surprisingly many diseases can be linked to your mouth and gums. We will also need a list of any medications, including oral contraceptives or antihypertensive medications, as some may have effects on your teeth and gums, or alter our course of treatment.
Even if an evaluation has been done by your family dentist, Dr. Dennison will perform a complete examination. At your initial visit, we will learn more about each other, answer any questions, determine what treatment is needed, and discuss what your options are.
During your examination, Dr. Dennison will evaluate your:
Using x-rays, Dr. Dennison will evaluate your entire mouth, including every tooth, the jaw, and your entire oral structure.
Based on this examination, Dr. Dennison can now create a customized treatment plan. We encourage our patients to ask questions, we want to make sure our plan is clear.
As with any doctor, smokers will be advised to quit smoking. What many may not understand is that smoking increases your risk of periodontal disease, and what’s more, it will worsen the disease if you already have it leading to much faster tooth loss and bone loss. Additionally, smoking can slow down the healing process, which is why quitting is very important if gum surgery is needed.
Periodontal Treatment Plan
Treatment plans are based on your need. This may include:
Appointments with Dr. Dennison will vary on the severity of the problem and the amount of work that is needed. All patients will be advised on the best way to care for their gums at home between visits. It requires the work of both the patient and our office to restore your gums to health.
For more information on Periodontal Treatment or how we can help, contact David Dennison, DDS at our Houston, TX 77098 office. (832) 975-0990
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