Periodontal Specialist

Pecos Dental

Dentist located in Henderson, NV

Persistent tooth pain, tender gums, and bad breath could mean you're suffering from periodontal disease. Before your condition worsens, schedule an appointment with Inri T. Hsu, DMD, an expert in identifying and treating periodontal diseases. She and her team at Pecos Dental in Henderson, Nevada offer advanced solutions for periodontal disease, allowing you to restore your healthy smile. Schedule your exam by calling the office, or by using the online booking feature.

Periodontal Q & A

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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the technical term for advanced stages of gum disease. When you have gum disease, plaque and tartar start developing along your gum line. If it isn’t removed, bacteria from dental plaque will sneak below your tooth towards its root. When this occurs, you could experience:

  • Gums pulling away from teeth
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Visible pus surrounding teeth
  • Loose teeth

Advanced periodontitis means that the infection has progressed so much that you start losing bone and gum tissue. This is when it’s possible to suffer from tooth loss.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Treating periodontal disease depends on the severity of your symptoms. For instance, you might need an oral antibiotic to treat the underlying infection. Dr. Hsu could also begin with a conservative, non-surgical treatment known as scaling and root planing.

This treatment involves removing plaque and tartar, then smoothing out rough spots on the tooth to prevent further bacteria buildup. In severe cases, you may need several of these treatments to achieve optimal results. Over time, gum tissue starts to heal and reattach to clean, healthy teeth.

If you don’t respond to scaling and root planing and require further treatment, you might need a periodontal pocket reduction surgery, also known as flap surgery. This procedure involves folding back your gum tissue so that Dr. Hsu can remove infectious bacteria from deep beneath your gum line.

Can I prevent periodontal disease?

Daily flossing and brushing are your most potent defenses against future gum disease issues. Pecos Dental proudly offers Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes, which are known for removing plaque buildup at the gum line.

It’s equally as important to see Dr. Hsu and your dedicated hygienist twice a year for professional cleanings. You can also prevent periodontal disease by:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Following a healthy diet
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding teeth grinding
  • Having teeth straightened

Talk with Dr. Hsu about all medications you take. Certain medications increase your chances of developing gum issues.

Get on top of your oral health today by scheduling a screening for periodontal disease. Book your visit at Pecos Dental either online or over the phone.