Periodontal disease is a severe disease that’s characterized by infection and inflammation of the gums, resulting in soft tissue and bone degeneration. Periodontal, or gum disease, often leads to tooth loss when left untreated.
The primary cause of periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene. If you fail to observe proper brushing and flossing frequency, plaque builds up between your teeth and gums, leading to inflammation and eventually gum disease. Proper dental hygiene, coupled with regular dental exams and cleanings, can prevent periodontal disease.
Broadway and Sunrise Mall Dental Centers offer periodontal treatment to patients suffering from gum disease. Call our offices today to schedule your appointment with us. The earlier you treat your periodontal disease, the better your chances of avoiding tooth loss.
If you have a combination of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from periodontal disease:
According to the level of severity of your gum disease, our dentists will recommend the most appropriate course of treatment. Different procedures are used in the treatment of periodontal disease. These include:
Scaling is the extensive removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum pockets. Scaling may be done manually or using laser technology. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to allow for easy reattachment of the gums after a scaling procedure. Root planing also makes it harder for bacteria and plaque to accumulate on your teeth. Collectively, scaling and root planing are known as deep cleaning.
After a deep cleaning procedure, our dentists may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to prevent further contamination of your gums and teeth.
If your periodontal disease has spread significantly through your gums, you may require flap surgery. Flap surgery involves making tiny incisions through the gum to expose the tooth roots for more efficient deep cleaning. Flap surgery is also referred to as pocket reduction surgery, as it’s primary objective is to remove the pockets of inflammation between the teeth and gums.
Severe cases of gum disease often involve significant bone loss. In such cases, you may require bone grafting. This surgical procedure requires grafting your jawbone with donated, or synthetic bone fragments. The dentist can also choose to use your bone fragments. The objective of bone grafting is to reinforce the jawbone to prevent tooth loss.
If your periodontal disease has caused receding gums, our dentists may further recommend soft tissue grafting to make your gums look more appealing.
Don’t allow gum disease to rob you of your natural teeth. Give Broadway and Sunrise Mall Dental Centers a call today to make an appointment for your periodontal treatment.