Spring area dentist describes the later stage of gum disease: periodontitis

 In Gum Disease

Every dentist is concerned about the health and beauty of patient smiles. The same is true for Dr. Robert G. Dernick, of The Woodlands area. His practice was started to assist patients in and around the area, including the communities of Spring and Conroe, to improve the oral health of those who visit his state-of-the-art dental facility. Dr. Dernick and his team can do so by providing general and preventative dental services. Some patients may be facing a stage of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. This is the initial stage and the condition can be reversed if patients seek treatment as soon as possible and follow their dentist’s instructions on caring for the smile to keep the problem from reoccurring. Dr. Dernick recommends his patients maintain healthy smiles with regular brushing, flossing, and recall visits to his practice.

If gingivitis is not diagnosed and treated early, it can continue to develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is characterized by bacteria, inflammation, and the pulling away of the gum tissue from the teeth and bone. This results in loose teeth that are at risk for falling out and requiring restorative work. Many patients are unaware of how serious this condition can be and the ways in which it can negatively affect the smile, both in health and appearance.

Dr. Dernick offers treatment for gum disease of all stages. He wants to ensure his patients can restore their dental health and improve the beauty and impact of their smiles. Subgingival scaling and a deep professional cleaning are often recommended, as well as the application of antibiotics (or prescription oral antibiotics) to control the infection. Once the teeth and roots have been cleaned and the antibiotics have begun working, patients notice the steady improvement in their oral health. Bleeding is reduced, bad breath is controlled, and patients can restore the health of their gum tissue and bone over time with continued patience and dental visits.


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