The easiest and the most important thing that you can do for your overall health is to keep your gums healthy. Science has proven that the bacteria in the mouth that cause gum disease can affect the health of your heart, and brain. If gum disease remain untreated at the earliest stage (gingivitis), it will penetrate deeper and cause boneloss.
Bone is the support structure around your teeth. If you lose bone, you will eventually lose your teeth. Gum disease also known as periodontal disease can easily be prevented by developing good oral hygiene habits and techniques and by visiting your dentist for professional “cleaning” also known as prophy on a regular basis. However, once the disease develops deeper in the gum structure and affect your jaw bone, it will require more complex treatments that could range from non-surgical to surgical treatments and bone grafts.
Healthy gums are pink and firm and they don’t bleed. If you notice redeness in your gums or bleeding when you floss or brush, you have early signs of gum disease. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, or have a history of gum disease in you family, regular dental checkups become even more important. Pregnant patients, diabetic patients, cancer patients and those who had suffered from heart attack, stroke, kidney disease can benefit from more frequent cleaning to help prevent gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are a more in-depth, thorough cleaning treatment recommended for patients who may be suffering from periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this type of gum infection is caused by bacteria and plaque forming on your teeth over time and causing inflammation. While serious, periodontal disease is treatable. However, it can lead to bone or tooth loss if not treated quickly.
After the scaling is complete, we will move onto root planing. The root planing technique is used to smooth out the tooth’s root and ultimately remove the pocket caused by bacteria. When the root has been effectively smoothed, the gums can be reattached and have a greater chance of fully healing.
Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan, we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount for making sure that periodontal disease doesn’t become worse after seeking initial treatment at our office.
For patients who believe that their smile is too “gummy” or that their teeth are too short, we are proud to offer crown lengthening services to fix those concerns. Crown lengthening procedures are done to expose more of the tooth and remove extra gum tissue. By doing this, we can reshape your gums and help give your teeth the look and shape you desire. In addition to the life-changing results, crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure that will allow for a more balanced, even smile.
The recovery time for the crown lengthening procedure is approximately three months. As your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal habits and functions. In recovery, you will be asked to avoid demanding activities during the first two to three days after your operation. Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure and increased sensitivity after the treatment is complete, but with a personalized treatment plan we can help manage any discomfort and pain. Moving forward, practicing good oral hygiene is paramount.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease is a serious issue that affects many people’s lives. Luckily our experienced periodontists are capable of treating periodontal disease in our patients, a field in which they have rigorous training and education.
The cleaning of calculus, or tartar, is a major component of treating periodontal disease. However, changes in the patient’s behavior are just as important. Making sure your dental hygiene habits are up to par is critical in the treatment of periodontal disease.
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, so it is critical to properly care for them. If you have periodontal disease, don’t feel hopeless. It is a treatable disease, but one that requires the patient to be aware and active with their dental care.request an appointment