PERIODONTAL TREATMENTS & SURGERY
Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis – signs of gingivitis often result in gums that are red and swollen and may bleed easily.
Magnolia Dental’s Integrated Periodontics Program
Our incredible dental hygienists are trained alongside our Periodontics Specialist, Dr. Ira, which gives this team a unique, more proactive perspective on this dental specialty. They can detect signs of dental support failure early and refer you to specialists before too much damage is done.
The Primary Stages of Periodontal Disease
- Gingivitis: A buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gum lines, resulting in swollen and bleeding gums – usually the result of poor oral hygiene, smoking, or Diabetes.
- Periodontitis: Untreated Gingivitis allows plaque and bacteria deeper into the gums, creating toxins that cause an inflammation response from the immune system.
- Advanced Periodontitis: The toxins become more aggressive, resulting in a full-fledged attack on the bones and fibers that support the teeth.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease
If you’re in the early stages of Periodontal Disease, a non-surgical treatment called “scaling and root planing” can be performed to promote gum healing. This process may take more than one office visit and usually consists of scraping and removing tartar from teeth and root surfaces, followed by a smoothing process to combat bacteria. A Pocket Reduction Procedure occurs if the gum tissue doesn’t fit properly around the tooth. The dentist will fold back gum tissue, removing infectious bacteria which will allow the gums to properly reattach. If Periodontal Disease has caused a root to be exposed, gum grafts may be necessary to cover the surface, reduce sensitivity, and protect roots from further decay.
For more information regarding Periodontal Disease treatments, contact Magnolia Dental today. Remember: the earlier you tackle this issue, the better!