Millions of people suffer from periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults ages 65 and older. In addition to leaving a patient with swollen and tender gums, periodontal disease can affect the beauty of the smile. In the advanced stages of the disease, periodontitis, teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. Rest assured the Vivid Dental team in Houston can provide treatments regardless of the stage of periodontal disease. We understand that periodontal disease can cause concerns especially when there is a desire for a more beautiful smile. We are often asked, “Can I get porcelain veneers if I have periodontal disease?” We are happy to explain.
Before addressing the appearance of the smile, we must address its health. This involves thoroughly examining the mouth, teeth, and gums to determine the right diagnosis and treatment. A sign of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. It is our goal to address this sign as well as any other signs or symptoms promptly and provide relief. During treatment, we can remove infection and plaque so the gum tissue can return to a healthy state. If the patient suffers from periodontitis, there are treatments we can recommend to restore health to the smile such as deep cleaning.
Once periodontal disease has been treated, we can then explore the possibility of a cosmetic treatment such as veneers. These wafer thin shells can boost confidence and self-esteem. They are highly recommended to enhance the beauty of the smile. We use veneers to close gaps between teeth, deliver perfectly looking straight teeth, brighten teeth, and reshape teeth. For treatment, we may need to minimally prepare the teeth to ensure the veneers fit precisely. Then, we ensure they blend naturally with the smile.
At Vivid Dental, we care about the health and beauty of the smile. We can work with a patient to tailor a treatment plan that addresses optimal health and wellness as well as a method to attain the smile of his or her dreams.