Periodontics & Gum Therapy
What is Gum Disease?
Supporting issues of the teeth can become infected, which may lead to gum (periodontal) disease. The condition is typically caused by poor oral hygiene habits that allow plaque to accumulate and harden on the teeth, eventually impacting the gums.
Left untreated, gum disease can results in numerous oral health issues such as bleeding or inflamed gums, a receding gum line, bacteria-filled pockets between the teeth and gums, and eventual bone loss.
Gum Disease Therapy
Periodontal treatment methods vary depending on the type of gum disease and its severity. Our dentists will work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your specific circumstances.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, our dental team will recommend that you come in for regular dental exams and preventive therapy, typically four times a year.
- Preventive Gum Therapy
If the disease is caught in the early stages, preventive therapy will be recommended.
Regular hygiene cleanings and exams are important for maintaining the health of your gums.
By practicing good oral hygiene at home and eating a balanced diet, you can also significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease.
- Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
For patients with mild gum disease, a deep cleaning performed by a dental hygienist may be enough to reverse it.
The dental hygienist will scrape away the plaque and tartar around and below the gum line, and smooth out any rough areas left behind through a process called scaling and root planing.
- Surgical Gum Therapy
For patients with more advanced forms of gum disease, more invasive surgical treatments may be necessary to reverse it.
There are a few different types of surgical gum therapy such as gum grafting and bone grafting.
Cosmetic Gum Therapy
Do your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth, causing you to be unhappy with your smile? You may be a candidate for gum grafting surgery. With this cosmetic dental procedure, we can help even out an uneven gum line and reduce the perceived length of the teeth to change the appearance of your smile.
Placing Dental Implants
The placement of dental implants beneath the gum line as part of the process to replace missing teeth also falls under periodontics. Once a dental implant is placed, the gums will heal and a tooth replacement can be added. This procedure can offer a range of benefits for your oral health.