Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissues. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that forms from the buildup of sticky plaque on the teeth. Unchecked, this serious disease can have long-term, negative effects on a person’s oral health.
There are numerous reasons why you need to address gum disease quickly, but the most important is the risk it poses to your overall health. Without proper periodontal treatment, gum disease not only can lead to bone and tooth loss, but also allow bacteria to move into your bloodstream — making you more susceptible to stroke and heart disease.
Whenever you start showing signs of gum disease, you will want to seek treatment right away. Dr. Vaghani has specialized training in periodontal health to provide patients with various methods of effective periodontal treatment.
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Periodontal Treatment for Gums
Treatment for periodontal disease will depend on how far the condition has progressed. We will meet with you to discuss treatment options based on the severity of your infection. In its mildest form, also called gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed with a professional cleaning and proper at-home care. For more advanced cases of gum disease, however, more in-depth periodontal treatment will be needed. To restore gum health, treatment may include:
- Deep cleaning. A deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing is recommended for gum disease to prevent the condition from becoming more severe. During the procedure, Dr. Vaghani will remove lingering plaque on the teeth (scaling) and gently smooth the tooth-root surfaces where harmful bacteria collect (planing).
- Bone grafting. Following advanced periodontal disease, a patient’s bone supporting the teeth may be damaged or destroyed. In this case, a procedure known as bone grafting can be used to reverse the damage by rebuilding lost bone and tissue. During this surgical procedure, disease-causing bacteria is removed from the gum tissue. Bone grafting material is then added and eventually absorbed by the body to regenerate the lost bone.
- Crown lengthening. It is not uncommon for teeth to be severely damaged due to gum disease. If your teeth have been broken above or beneath the gum line, a crown lengthening procedure can be used to provide a stable foundation to properly restore the By contouring the gums through crown lengthening, you not only can improve the appearance of your smile, but also remove diseased gum tissue for enhanced oral health.
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that requires immediate care. Your overall well-being is significantly impacted by the health of your gums. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment for all of your periodontal needs. Contact Zen Triangle Dentistry today to learn more.