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Gum disease is primarily distinguished by three progressive phases. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, followed by periodontitis. The final and most serious level of the condition is known as advanced periodontitis.
Thankfully, our Dentists perform many state-of-the-art options to address gum disease, regardless of its severity. Reach out to our facility to schedule your biannual routine assessment and find out about your solutions to stop gum disease.
People who might require treatment for gum disease those who have even minimal gum tissue inflammation and bleeding anyone who has loose teeth and significant deterioration to the neighboring oral tissues. In cases where gum disease is discovered and addressed early, individuals have increased potential to mitigate the condition’s harmful symptoms. A lot of individuals have bleeding gums or puffiness, which could be considered ordinary. Nevertheless, bleeding and various other symptoms of gum disease are never typical and must be looked at immediately by or someone on their team.
Laser gum sculpting, also known as periodontal plastic surgery or gum contouring, removes excess gum tissue that can make the teeth appear disproportionately small and create a “gummy smile.” Not only is a low gum line unattractive, it can also increase the patient’s risk of gum disease and infections. Our office offers laser gum sculpting by the dentist. In some cases, periodontal plastic surgery may be medically necessary, but most patients have the procedure for cosmetic reasons. After gum contouring , the smile will be more attractive and healthy.
During a regular dental exam, if a patient’s gum pockets (also known as sulcus, the V-shaped grooves between the tooth and gums) are deeper than 3 millimeters, a scaling and root planning treatment is usually recommended. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar below the gumline and then smoothes the enamel of the tooth to prevent future build up. To help patients who have or are developing gum disease, our periodontists offer nonsurgical gum disease treatment, scaling and root planing. An SRP treatment can improve inflamed, bleeding gums and prevent other dental problems, like tooth loss and bacterial infections.
A periodontist specializes in gums. Periodontics is the discipline of dentistry focused on the health of your gums and jawbone.
Some of the procedures that a periodontist may perform include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), gum grafting, crown lengthening, dental implant placement, and bone grafting. They may also work closely with general dentists to develop treatment plans for patients with complex dental needs.
Your first appointment with the periodontist will usually begin with a review of your dental and medical history. Then, you can typically expect to have a very thorough periodontal examination.