Periodontal services focus on helping patients restore the overall health of the gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. Research shows that nearly half of all adults suffer from some degree of periodontitis, also called gum disease. When this happens, it is crucial to receive treatment to manage the condition and restore oral health.
Periodontitis is caused by the gums becoming irritated from excessive exposure to harmful bacteria, tartar and plaque. This is often because the individual has not maintained proper oral care habits, and these unwanted materials have been left deep between the teeth and below the gum line for an extended period of time. The irritated gums can be identified by tender and swollen gum tissue that may bleed during brushing and flossing. This is actually the earliest sign of periodontitis. Ignoring the problem now can lead to bigger issues later.
The next phase is for the gum tissue to retract and separate from the teeth. This causes periodontal pockets to form. These pockets are prime locations for bacteria, tartar and plaque, thereby allowing the condition to easily spread throughout the rest of the mouth. If the condition reaches the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, it is possible that tooth loss will occur.
We offer the following Periodontal Services at Salem Creek Family Dental:
Scaling and root planing is the standard treatment for early periodontitis. We use special dental equipment to access the areas below the gum line so that any unwanted matter can be removed. Next, we smooth out the root surfaces so that future accumulations can be prevented. With the harmful materials removed, the condition should stop spreading, and the gums will begin to heal. The treatment is highly effective for stopping periodontitis in its earlier stages.
Treatment with Perio Protect Trays involves having the patient wear a special oral device that appears similar to a mouth guard. The patient will wear this device at home between dental visits. This device will deliver medication deep below the gum line and into the periodontal pockets to help the gums heal. This is made possible due to the special sealing system of the trays. The treatment only requires a few minutes per day. By following through with daily treatment, a patient can overcome gum disease and restore their oral health.
Bone grafting procedures are used when a patient has suffered significant bone loss as a result of periodontitis. During a bone grafting procedure, we access the jawbone directly and apply artificial bone-like material and special proteins to the deteriorated structure. This will begin to restore the jawbone and provide much-needed strength. Over time, the jawbone will heal and provide proper support for the teeth. Bone grafting procedures are often provided prior to dental implants, which require strong jawbone support.
Overcome gum disease with top-quality and effective periodontal treatments from Salem Creek Family Dental. Our experts look forward to helping you restore your smile and the overall health of your gums. Please call us at (615) 205-5666 to schedule an appointment.