Periodontal disease is an unfortunate reality for many people. In fact, most people will suffer from some degree of gum disease at some point in their lives, and will need to seek periodontal treatment for problems associated with it. Our dentist wants you to be aware of the facts about gum disease and the treatments available so that you can make informed decisions and prevent the problems associated with periodontitis.
Periodontal treatments can be classified into two groups: surgical and non-surgical. It’s always wise to use the least-invasive form of treatment for gum disease, so most dentists attempt to use non-surgical procedures first. These may include root planing and scaling, a procedure in which the roots are deeply cleaned to remove decay and bacteria.
When non-surgical treatment is ineffective, it is time to consider more invasive action. Surgical procedures include pocket reduction, in which the dentist folds back pockets of gum tissue which contain harmful bacteria, cleans the area, and reattaches the tissue. Pocket reduction may also include the placement of regenerative materials to encourage healthy gum growth. Crown lengthening is another way to not only protect your gums from disease, but to improve the appearance of your teeth. In extreme cases, soft tissue grafts may be necessary to cover exposed nerves and prevent tooth loss.
Our cosmetic dentist can perform a professional dental exam which will allow you to understand the degree of your gum disease issues and will recommend treatments which are appropriate for you.