Posted on 8/21/2023 by O'Sullivan, Deluca & Ressel Dental Care
Periodontal disease is a common gum infection affecting adults and children. It occurs due to prolonged plaque buildup that causes infections. In its early stages, you may experience symptoms such as gum swelling and bleeding. However, this condition can progress silently and advance into periodontitis. During this stage, toxins from the plaque affect the tissues supporting the teeth.
As the infection spreads, the tooth may become loose and need extraction. Fortunately, tooth loss doesn't have to occur because there are many successful treatments for periodontitis. Here are three common treatment options for periodontitis:
Scaling and Root Planing
Like other dental procedures, a dentist must determine the root cause of the issue. Do you have deep pockets along the gum line? Are your gum tissues separating from the teeth? If yes, you may require deep cleaning. Deep cleaning involves scraping the plaque and tartar under the gum line and around the tooth's roots. Root planing may also be necessary to smoothen the rough areas of the roots to prevent bacteria from accumulating again.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Pocket reduction is another procedure for removing plaque between the teeth and gum tissues. While scaling and root planing help to remove build-up under the gum line, pocket reduction is also necessary. This dental procedure, also known as flap surgery, involves pulling back the gum tissues to expose the plaque. This allows the dentist to remove all the infectious bacteria and smoothen the rough parts. After deep cleaning, the professional may then reduce the pocket depth to prevent future build-ups.
Gum and Bone Graft
Gums and bone deterioration can cause tooth loosening and loss. For this reason, bone and gum grafts may be necessary to retain the tooth structure and its functioning. These surgical treatments aim to promote lost bone and gum growth after periodontitis. Visit our dental office to learn more about periodontitis and the available treatment options.
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