Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease services offered in the Museum District, Houston, TX

If you have gum disease (periodontal disease), you’re not alone as nearly half of adults 30 and older have this condition. At Anna M. Munné, DDS, PA & ASSOCIATES in Houston, Texas, Anna M. Munné, MD, DDS, MS, and her expert team diagnose and treat periodontal disease to restore gum tissue and the underlying jawbone. Call the office to get started or use the online booking feature today.

Periodontal Disease Q&A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease consists of basic gum inflammation, moderate gum disease, or advanced stages of gum disease. While common in adults, periodontal disease can cause severe oral health complications when left untreated. See the Anna M. Munné, DDS, PA & ASSOCIATES team at the first sign of gum disease.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

The symptoms of periodontal disease are:

  • Bright red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Permanent tooth loss
  • Tenderness in your gums
  • Bad breath

The earlier you seek treatment for gum disease, the less damage occurs. The Anna M. Munné, DDS, PA & ASSOCIATES team is here to help and is highly trained in cutting-edge periodontal disease treatments.

What are the risk factors for periodontal disease?

Anyone can develop periodontal disease, but the common risk factors include:

  • Older age
  • Skipping dental cleanings
  • Gingivitis
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Hormone changes
  • Some medications
  • Excess body weight
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Excess sugar intake
  • Recreational drug use
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Weakened immune system

Adopting healthy habits, brushing your teeth after meals, and attending professional dental cleanings at least every six months minimizes your risk of periodontal disease.

How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

Dr. Munné diagnoses gum disease after examining your teeth and gums, taking dental X-rays, and reviewing your oral health history and symptoms. Before customizing a periodontal disease treatment, she also looks for signs of bone loss or other complications associated with gum disease.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Dr. Munné and her team offer the following treatments for gum disease:

  • Gum disease education
  • Antibacterial mouthwash
  • Oral and topical antibiotics
  • Pocket reduction surgery
  • Root planing to smooth the tooth root surfaces
  • Scaling to remove bacteria and tartar
  • Tissue-stimulating proteins
  • Guided tissue regeneration
  • Bone and gum grafting
  • Pinhole® technique

When using the Pinhole technique, Dr. Munné uses a needle to make tiny holes in gum tissue, which naturally stimulates new cell growth. She may apply collagen to the treatment area to further enhance tissue regeneration.

To get treated for gum disease or bone loss associated with it, call the Anna M. Munné, DDS, PA & ASSOCIATES office or use the online scheduler today.

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