Gum disease is often referred to as gingivitis and it’s no laughing matter. If gingivitis is left untreated it can become something far worse: another form of gum disease called periodontitis. This is a pretty serious disease that is known for damaging the tissue that supports your teeth. It can lead to tooth loss in some cases. It’s important to get this disease treated as soon as possible. The team at Peak Dental in Pflugerville can help you with your periodontitis, though keep in mind that it make require many therapies and some of these might end up being surgical in nature.
There are several options for non-surgical treatments that Peak Dental in Pflugerville can start out with if you’ve been diagnosed with periodontitis.
Scaling is the first line of defense and it consists of a deep cleaning that you might associate with gingivitis. It goes past what you’d experience at a regular tooth cleaning checkup. It will remove the plaque and the tartar from beneath the gum line tissue. Ultrasonic and hand scalers are used for this treatment.
Root planning is often time used to treat both gingivitis and periodontitis. It consists of smoothing out the surface of the part of the tooth that’s underneath your gums. This will prevent the plaque from building up once more.
Unfortunately, sometimes it becomes needed to have surgery to address the periodontitis. There are different options available that Peak Dental might recommend.
Periodontitis can cause your gums to begin receding, and this will leave the roots of your teeth exposed. You want to keep them safe, so you’ll need to have tissue taken from somewhere else in your mouth and placed over these exposed areas.
When you have periodontitis, it can cause your smile to look gummy. In this instance, the dentists will use crown lengthening to make your teeth look longer than they are. This consists of reshaping your gum line and then bone beneath it to show more of your teeth.
The next procedure is regenerative, and it exists to prevent tooth loss after there’s damage to the bone tissue. It begins by pulling your gums back, so the damaged tissue is exposed. Then the tissue that’s infected is removed as well as the bacteria. Once finished, regeneration is promoted using membranes, bone grafts, tissue-stimulating proteins, or sometimes all three at once.