Gingivitis is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause tooth loss. The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for teeth. These structures are referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson may treat gingivitis in Houston, Texas:
- Gums that are red and bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the position or bite of the teeth
With proper gum treatments, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you are having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which is done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. It is important to have gum problems checked promptly, as gingivitis left alone may eventually need treatment through surgery or extraction.
Feel free to contact Dentists at Memorial Park at 713-861-8323 today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentists.