Dentistry isn't exclusively focused on teeth. Your gums and jawbone, as well as their ability to support the teeth, are equally important.
Our periodontist can perform procedures to correct gum disease, keep your teeth firmly in place, and prevent jawbone atrophy.
See how Dr. Andrew Dugum serving Missouri City, TX, can protect the health of your mouth with periodontal treatment.
What Is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on treating gum disease and other issues affecting the foundation of your smile. Surgical and nonsurgical procedures alike can be used to combat gum disease and keep your teeth firmly in place.
What Is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is someone who, in addition to attending a four-year dental school, completed an additional three years of training in periodontics. They can provide a variety of dental solutions for periodontal problems, such as gum disease.
The Dangers of Gum Disease
Your periodontal health affects your overall physical health. Gum disease has even been linked to other serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and dementia. By seeking treatment when you notice signs of gum disease, you significantly reduce your risk of more serious health problems.
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Dr. Dugum provides comprehensive periodontal care to residents across Missouri City, TX, and beyond. He can treat gum disease at any stage and restore periodontal health. Promptly addressing gum disease can prevent worsening conditions and the need for other costly dentistry procedures like implants in the future.
We want dental care to be easily accessible, so we have convenient locations throughout Southeast Texas. You can find us in Missouri City, Richmond, and Grand Parkway. We invite you to request an appointment using our consultation form or call:
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Diagnosing Gum Disease
Performing a Dental Exam
A simple dental exam can determine if your periodontal health has been compromised. Dr. Dugum will carefully examine your gums to check for signs of gum disease.
Measuring Periodontal Pockets
Dr. Dugum will measure the depth of your periodontal pockets to determine the stage of gum disease. Healthy gums have a pocket depth of one to three millimeters. Pocket depths of more than five millimeters are typically indicative of gum disease.
Dr. Dugum may take X-rays to confirm the diagnosis and detect any bone recession.
Treating Gum Disease With Our Dental Solutions in Missouri City, TX
When treated in its earliest stages, our dentists can often reverse your gum disease through nonsurgical methods, like an in-office cleaning. These appointments will allow our dentists to remove bacteria buildup and tartar that you can't remove with at-home care.
Topical antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and prevent the destruction of connective tissues. Antibiotics can be used alone or in combination with other therapies.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a dentistry solution that can treat mild-to-moderate gum disease. This nonsurgical treatment eliminates plaque and tartar from below the gumline. It also smooths the tooth roots to encourage the reattachment of healthy gums and prevent the buildup of bacteria.
Soft Tissue Grafting
In more advanced cases of gum disease, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment like soft tissue grafting to add tissue to your receding gums and protect the tooth roots.
If your gum disease has progressed to a point at which a tooth or teeth have fallen out, we can place implants. Dental implants replace tooth roots and can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. This pairing replaces teeth from the roots to the chewing surfaces. Though restorations need to be periodically replaced, dental implants can last a lifetime. Our dentists can perform bone grafting or a sinus lift to restore your candidacy for implants after jawbone atrophy.
Need to Refer a Periodontist? Let Us Work With You
If you're a referring dentist in need of a specialist to provide periodontal care to your patients, Dr. Dugum has the credentials and skillset necessary to perform comfortable care and precise treatment. We understand that the doctor you choose to refer your patients to reflects on you and your practice, and we pride ourselves on being reliable, trustworthy, and capable.
If you would like to make a lasting connection with our periodontist or another one of our qualified dentists, we invite you to call our Missouri City, TX, office at (281) 499-3541.
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