Periodontics is a special sub-field of dentistry that focuses on the supporting structures of teeth, most notably the gums and mouth bones. The field has experienced tremendous growth in recent years due to the widespread prevalence of gum disease, a serious oral health condition that affects millions of people. Gum disease, which is sometimes referred to as periodontitis, is a condition that is easily identified by the infection and inflammation of a person’s gums, making them appear swollen and slightly darkened in color.
Gum disease develops when the gums become irritated because of repeated exposure to harmful toxins that are commonly found in plaque. When a person suffers from gum disease, their gums will start to pull away from their teeth, creating empty spaces known as periodontal pockets. These pockets are prone to becoming home to large amounts of bacteria and plaque. Once this happens, the condition will be able to spread throughout the rest of the mouth more easily. If the disorder is able to reach the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, then even more serious problems can arise, including tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
Since gum disease is an extremely serious condition, our experts strongly encourage patients who are displaying any signs or symptoms of the disorder to seek treatment as quickly as possible. Dental Implants Today offers a wide variety of periodontal services that are designed to put a stop to the spread of gum disease and reverse any of the damage that has occurred. After receiving periodontal treatment, your gums will continue to heal over time, and you will be able to focus on improving your oral health in the long run.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal laser treatments make use of a specialized dental laser that can access and remove the swollen gum tissue that is typically present when periodontal disease occurs. After eliminating the inflamed gum tissue, our experts then work to scrape away any excess plaque, and we also help to prevent future infections from happening by smoothing out any rough spots that are present on the root surfaces. During the healing process, the gum line will slowly begin to regenerate, and the gums will eventually reattach themselves to the teeth.
Many patients prefer laser treatment methods due to the fact that they often feature less pain and overall faster recovery times than other types of periodontal procedures.
Dental Crown Lengthening
One common side effects of gum disease is an unattractive, “gummy” smile that develops when a person’s gum tissue becomes swollen and inflamed. Our practice offers a special treatment known as dental crown lengthening to fix this issue. The procedure involves removing and reshaping excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the patient’s natural teeth. Doing this will help restore the look of a person’s smile and make their gums appear healthier overall.
Pocket Reduction Procedures
When dealing with periodontitis, it is very important to eliminate the periodontal pockets that serve as the prime breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque. The goal of pocket reduction procedures is to get rid of these heavy build-ups and encourage healing. In many cases, we apply an antimicrobial liquid to the pockets in order to discourage future bacterial infections from developing. This will allow the gums to heal properly, and the periodontal pockets will quickly begin to shrink.
If gum disease is allowed to reach a person’s jawbone, it can cause serious damage to this structure. When this happens, a regenerative procedure is often used to restore the health of this important bone. Most regenerative procedures consist of folding back an individual’s gum tissue and eliminating any harmful bacteria and toxins that are found. Next, we apply artificial bone grafts and special proteins directly to the deteriorated jawbone in order to encourage healing and to help reverse any damage that has occurred. With this treatment, new bone growth will be stimulated, and the jawbone will begin to recover. In situations where the jawbone has experienced severe damage, it might take several months for the bone to heal completely.
Gum Graft Surgery
People suffering from gum disease will often find that their gums have started to pull away from their teeth. When this happens, a receding gum line is likely to occur, resulting in an unsightly smile. Making matters worse, a receding gum line will expose a person’s tooth roots, putting them at risk for a dangerous infection. In order to correct a receding gum line, many patients will undergo a minimally invasive oral surgery commonly known as gum graft surgery. This treatment consists of harvesting oral tissue from a different location of the mouth and then using it to cover up the exposed roots. Doing this will restore the appearance of a person’s gums, and it will go a long way towards preventing infections.
In the event that periodontitis spreads to the jawbone, it will cause the structure to experience decay and deterioration. Once this happens, it may become necessary to conduct a bone grafting procedure so that the damage can be reversed, and the health of the jawbone can be restored. Bone grafting treatments make use of artificial bone-like materials and specialized proteins to regenerate the structure of the jawbone and allow it to recover. These procedures are commonly used when a patient is suffering from tooth loss and they require dental implants to replace their missing teeth. By conducting bone grafting treatment, we can strengthen an individual’s jawbone so that it serves as an adequate structure for supporting dental implants in the future.
If you would like to learn more about any of the periodontal services that are available at Dental Implants Today, please call us at (941) 244-2220 to schedule an appointment.