Over half of all Americans will experience some form of periodontal (gum) disease at some point in their lives. Although gum disease is most commonly associated with premature tooth damage and tooth loss, some studies suggest that gum disease is linked to other health issues. Because the complications from gum disease become more complex as the condition progresses, frequent oral exams are essential for early detection and prompt periodontal treatment. Our experienced dentists and hygienists here at Preferred Family Dental offer advanced gum disease treatment to help you maintain healthy gums.
Plaque-producing bacteria in the mouth are the primary cause of gum disease. When plaque forms along the gum line and accumulates, the soft tissue of the mouth becomes compromised and gum disease begins to develop. The most common form of gum disease – gingivitis – can be easily and effectively treated if detected in its early stages. Without treatment, more serious and advanced stages of gum disease will result. Although occasionally patients with periodontal disease do not demonstrate any symptoms, there are common signs of the condition, including:
- Red, swollen, or irritated gums
- Gum sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the spacing or position of teeth
Periodontal Treatment Options
- Nonsurgical gum treatment: Scaling and root planing has been shown to be an effective management treatment for specific periodontal diagnosis.
- Tissue grafting: This treatment option is used when a patient’s gum tissue has receded, exposing the roots of the teeth. To reduce vulnerability to bacteria, new tissue is grafted along the gumline. This procedure helps prevent future gum loss, restores lost gum tissue, and reduces the chance of tooth decay – all while improving the look of your smile.
- Crown lengthening: This procedure exposes more of the natural tooth by removing excess gum tissue. In addition to the cosmetic advantages of gaining lost tooth length, crown lengthening allows our dental team to treat plaque and tartar that is buried beneath the existing gumline, restoring your mouth to a healthier state.
- Osseous surgery: This procedure addresses and corrects pockets and gaps that have formed along the gumline, eliminating the breeding ground for harmful bacteria. After the removal of pre-existing bacteria, these pockets and gaps are reduced so that your gum tissue fits tightly over your teeth. This surgery is most commonly used for advanced stages of gum disease to prevent gum, bone, and tooth loss.
Contact Preferred Family Dental
To learn more about periodontal care and maintaining a healthy smile, please contact Preferred Family Dental today. Our dentists are happy to schedule a consultation and discuss the best treatment option available for you.