Houston patients suffering from periodontal disease ask if Lumineers or dental implants are best for restoring smiles
Patients who suffer from periodontal disease may experience gum discoloration. Other symptoms include gums that bleed when brushing or flossing, swollen or tender gums, bad breath, and sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages. Lumineers, shells as thin as contact lenses, can be ideal for disguising discolored, gapped, or chipped teeth, but they do not aid the treatment of gum disease. Periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss, which can require other types of treatments such as dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges. Many patients will ask the Vivid Dental team in Houston which treatment is the best. We will respond, “It depends.”
Gum disease affects the health of the teeth, gums, and can eventually affect the jawbone. Therefore, it depends on the progression of the disease as well as the health of the mouth, teeth, gums, and jawbone before making a diagnosis. During an appointment, the dentist will perform an examination. X-rays may be taken to examine the health of the jawbone and tooth roots. If the tooth structure is healthy, Lumineers or porcelain veneers may be recommended to disguise smile imperfections such as stains, gaps, misalignment, chips, and cracks.
If periodontal disease is in the advanced stages, it can lead to tooth loss. The disease leads as the most common cause of tooth loss among adults ages 65 and older. Our tooth loss treatments include dental bridges and dentures. When missing one to a few teeth, we may recommend dental bridges. The appliances contain artificial teeth (pontics) and porcelain crowns. For partial or complete tooth loss, we offer dentures. Like dental bridges, dentures can be customized for optimal fit and appearance. Both dental bridges and dentures can last a decade or more with proper oral hygiene habits.
We customize treatment plans to meet the unique needs of our patients. To determine the right treatment for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation appointment. We would love to place you onto a path toward a healthier smile. Call our friendly and knowledgeable team at (281) 809 4902 today.