At Plantation Dental, we understand the dangers of gum disease. We offer treatments that can put a stop to gum disease and restore oral health.
You may be surprised to learn that your gums are one of the most important components of your oral health. When the gums are exposed to bacteria and plaque, it can result in gum disease (also known as periodontitis). This condition affects nearly half of all adults and is marked by inflamed and swollen gum tissue. You may notice some bleeding during regular brushing and flossing. This can be an early sign!
Many people choose to ignore the early signs of periodontitis, but this is a mistake. As the gum tissue becomes more inflamed, it will start to pull away from the teeth created spaces known as periodontal pockets. These pockets fill with bacteria causing the condition to spread throughout the rest of the mouth. Eventually, it can lead to tooth loss
Our knowledgeable and experienced team offers a full lineup of periodontal services to treat this condition at its various stages
Scaling and Root Planing: Used to treat gum disease in its early stages, during this procedure, we access the areas below the gum line to clean out bacteria and plaque. We then smooth the root surfaces to prevent future buildups.
Gum Graft Surgery: Gum disease may cause a receding gum line. Gum graft surgery uses oral tissue from other areas of the mouth to cover the exposed roots.
Dental Crown Lengthening: When gum tissue is inflamed and swollen, it often causes a “gummy” smile. To correct this, we can use a procedure known as dental crown lengthening. This procedure involves cutting away and reshaping excess gum tissue to restore the appearance of the gums.
Gingivectomy: When scaling and root planing is not enough, this procedure can be used to remove and reshape loose or diseased gum tissue to eliminate periodontal pockets.
Root Surface Debridement: This is a deep cleaning of the root surfaces below the gum line. Buildups of tartar, bacteria, and plaque will be removed during this non-surgical procedure.
Pocket Reduction: Reducing the size of the periodontal pockets is an important element of treatment. During a pocket reduction procedure, we use an antimicrobial liquid to encourage fast healing.
Osseous Surgery: This surgical procedure works to reduce the size of periodontal pockets. The involves cutting into the gum tissue and flapping it upward so that tartar and plaque can be removed from the roots.
Ridge Preservation: If a lost tooth cannot be replaced immediately, ridge preservation may be used. This involves applying bone grafts where the tooth was lost to slow down jawbone deterioration. This will allow us to eventually install an implant.
Sinus Lift: When installing implants for top teeth, sometimes the sinuses can get in the way. A sinus lift involves accessing the sinus membrane and pushing it upward.
Bone Grafting: Bone grafting can promote new bone growth. By applying artificial bone material and special proteins to a deteriorated jawbone, we can restore the structure and provide strength. This can eventually allow dental implants to be supported.
Gum disease can become a very serious issue, and it is best treated as early as possible. If you are showing early signs of gum disease, call our experienced team today at (954) 210-4520.