Periodontal Disease Treatment
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Periodontal or “gum disease”, is an inflammation or infection of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. If left untreated, it can result in the loss of several teeth. It is currently the number one cause of tooth loss. The severity of periodontal disease ranges from gingivitis, which is the mildest form of the disease, to periodontitis, which can destroy the gums, bone, and tissue that are holding the teeth in place, causing serious problems in the future.
WHY GET PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
If left untreated, periodontal disease can seriously affect not only your teeth and gums, but your overall health as well. Research shows that people with gum disease are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, and have a higher risk of having a stroke. If caught early on, periodontal disease can be alleviated at the gingivitis stage through good oral hygiene and maintenance.
TYPES OF PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
- Scaling and Root Planing– This is a deep cleaning treatment in which the area above and below the gums, as well as the tooth roots, are thoroughly cleaned to remove plaque and bacteria build up.
- Bone Grafts– A procedure in which natural or synthetic bone is used to replace the areas of the mouth where bone loss may have occurred from the gum disease.
- Gingival Flap Surgery– This surgery is performed when deep pockets of bacteria and inflammation are too hard to reach even after a deep cleaning. The process involves temporarily folding back the gums to reach the infected areas deep under the gums.
- Crown Lengthening– This surgical process involves the removal of part of the gums or bone to expose more of the tooth in order to help give more area to work with for dental restoration.
- Osseous Surgery– When gum disease has deteriorated the jawbone and made it difficult for the gum to lay down flat, you may need this jawbone reshaping surgery to help reshape the structure of your bone and gums.
- Prescription Medications– Depending on the stage and severity of your gum disease, your doctor may prescribe a specialized mouthwash, gel, or oral antibiotics.
- LANAP Procedure– This is our most highly recommended treatment option. It is a minimally invasive laser therapy option used to offer a less painful and less traumatic way of treating gum disease without doing any cutting into your gums