Strong gums are essential for healthy teeth. If you notice any signs of gum disease, it’s vital to get it treated as soon as you can. Lake Jackson’s hometown dental team at All Smiles can help.
Types of Periodontal Diseases Treated at All Smiles
When dentists discuss gum disease, they are usually talking about periodontitis – a serious infection process that damages the periodontal (gum) tissue and can spread into bones. There’s a big difference between this and gingivitis!
Gingivitis is a relatively mild gum inflammation. There may be few symptoms, but minor discoloration of the gums is common. Daily brushing can usually halt the progress of gingivitis.
Left untreated, gingivitis typically progresses into periodontitis. The sooner a periodontitis treatment begins, the more effective it can be. Mild periodontitis is often noticeable by more prominent discoloration and occasional bleeding from the gums during brushing.
Advanced periodontitis can lead to deep blackening or reddening of the gums and peeling of the gums away from the teeth. Sufferers experience severe pain and the presence of lesions that may need to be excised to prevent the worsening of infection.
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as deep cleaning, this treatment helps arrest gum disease that has progressed beneath the gum line. It is a common periodontal treatment when infection becomes severe. In some cases, deep cleaning must be performed before a regular dental cleaning will be effective.
Bone and Gum Grafts
A gum grafts procedure can be used to strengthen the gums where they have receded due to periodontitis. In rare, serious situations, bone grafts are used to reinforce the strength of the jaw.
Dental flap surgery is used in the most advanced cases of gum disease. The gums are temporarily separated from the teeth so the dentist can reach the root of the tooth and the nearby bone. By treating these areas directly, teeth can sometimes be preserved.
Dental implants are an effective way to anchor replacement teeth by using a specialized titanium screw that couples closely with the tissue of the jawbone. The cost of dental implants depends on the number of implants used and teeth to be restored.
At-Home Periodontal Maintenance Support
Following treatment for gum disease, it’s important to be vigilant and prevent the problem from returning. The All Smiles team can support you in protecting gum health and minimizing the risk of future complications after successful periodontal disease treatment.