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Periodontal Therapy in Odessa: Fighting Gum Disease

Blonde short haired woman smiling Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults today, as well as a prime contributing factor that’s been linked through research to overall health conditions like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and more. Here in Odessa, Dr. Steve W. Cobb understands the connection between oral health and overall health very intimately, and he and the rest of our team will work with you to not only treat your periodontal disease, but also help prevent further re-occurrences. Patients from Big Spring, TX and other nearby areas are encouraged to contact us today to schedule their first appointment.


What is Periodontal Disease?

red gumsWhen bacteria is allowed to accumulate near the gum line, the body will initially try to fight it off by creating inflammation in the gums – this redness, tenderness, and swelling can be telltale indicators for the presence of periodontal disease. If the condition is left untreated for too long, the infection can then become destructive in nature, eating away at the soft tissue and bone that provides crucial support for your teeth.


What Are Other Signs of Periodontal Disease?

red gumsIn addition to redness and swelling, you may also notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. This is not a sign to stop! On the contrary, bleeding means that you need to follow a more stringent oral hygiene routine at home in order to remove the plaque where bacteria hide.

If plaque is left to fester, then it hardens and becomes tartar. Now, bacteria are locked in place and begin to cause further damage. You may notice:

If proper treatment is not sought, tooth extraction may be unavoidable as bone weakens to the point that it can no longer support your teeth.


What Kind of Periodontal Treatment is Needed?

red gumsOur recommendation for your level of periodontal therapy will depend on the severity of your condition. The following options are available: