Periodontics

Anne Chee, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Anne Chee, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Westchase, Houston, TX

Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, and it’s also linked to serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. The good news is that periodontal disease is very treatable, even in its early stages. The staff along with Anne Chee, DDS, in Houston, Texas, performs periodontal therapy — including scaling and root planing — to remove the problem at the source. With the right periodontal care, you can avoid tooth loss and other serious health consequences. Contact Dr. Chee via the online appointment maker or over the phone for periodontics help now.

Periodontics Q & A

Do I have periodontal disease?

The early signs of periodontal disease can be somewhat subtle, so it's important to examine your teeth and gums regularly. In early periodontal disease, you might have symptoms like:

  • Gum sensitivity
  • Red or unusually pink gum color
  • Slightly loose feeling teeth
  • Pink tinged saliva

In advanced periodontal disease, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Pain while brushing
  • Pain when you touch your gums
  • Very loose feeling teeth
  • Visible gaps between your teeth and gums
  • Bleeding while brushing

What are the dangers of untreated periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss today, but that's not the only problem that it causes — an untreated periodontal disease is also linked to:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Alzheimer's disease

While periodontal disease can have very serious health implications, there's good news — it's very much a treatable condition.

How does Dr. Chee and her staff treat periodontal disease?

Periodontics treatment is unique to your symptoms and issues. In the early stage of periodontal disease, you may need only a dental cleaning along with diligent oral hygiene at home. Dr. Chee may also prescribe a special mouth rinse.

When periodontal disease is more advanced, scaling and root planing may be necessary.

Scaling

In scaling, Dr. Chee and her team uses specialized dental tools to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from both your teeth and your root surfaces.

Root planing

Root planing occurs after scaling. During root planing, Dr. Cheeand her team smooths the recently cleaned root surfaces. Root planing is important because it makes the newly smooth root surfaces difficult for bacteria, plaque, and tartar to adhere to again in the future.


Dr. Chee and her staff typically administers topical anesthesia to make sure you're comfortable during the entire scaling and root planing process.

Scaling and root planing allow for you to start healing. Your gums can recover from periodontal disease as quickly and easily as possible because they're smooth and clean. After scaling and root planing, your gums can grow stronger, which means they provide more support for your teeth.

If you've noticed some of the signs of periodontal disease, don't delay in getting the treatment you need. Dr. Chee is highly experienced in delivering the most effective periodontal therapy possible, and she can help you save your teeth and gums.

Schedule your appointment online or call to make an appointment now.