Periodontics is a subcategory of dentistry that focuses on the supporting structures of a person’s teeth, most notably the gums and mouth bones. Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, occurs when a person’s gums become irritated due to heavy exposure to toxins and plaque. The condition can be easily recognized by gums that appear inflamed and slightly darkened in color. As periodontitis progresses, the individual’s gums will begin to retract from their teeth, resulting in empty spaces that are known as periodontal pockets. These areas can become filled with tartar, bacteria and plaque. When this happens, the condition can spread throughout the mouth including the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, causing tooth loss.
At SmileWorld Dental, we understand the seriousness of gum disease. That is why we strongly urge any person who is suffering from this condition to seek out treatment as quickly as possible. Our practice offers various periodontal services that are designed to restore oral health, while also improving the appearance of a damaged gum line.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is perhaps the most effective non-surgical treatment method for periodontitis. The process starts by using specialized dental tools to access the deep spaces between teeth to remove any plaque and tartar that is present. This will ensure an even deeper cleaning than what can be provided with brushing and flossing. Next, we smooth out the rough spots found on the root surfaces in order to prevent future accumulations from occurring. Overall, this treatment is highly efficient in putting a stop to periodontitis and helping the gums become healed.
Dental Crown Lengthening
As periodontitis continues to plague an individual’s gums, it is very likely that the oral tissue will become swollen and inflamed. This can cause a person to suffer from an unattractive, “gummy” smile. Dental crown lengthening is designed to fix this issue by removing excess gum tissue and exposing more of the individual’s natural teeth.
If gum disease is allowed to reach the jawbone, it will cause the structure to experience deterioration and decay. In order to reverse this damage, it is often necessary to conduct a bone grafting procedure. By doing this, we can restore the health and integrity of the jawbone. The process involves using artificial bone-like material and advanced proteins to regenerate the jawbone and promote new bone growth. Although it will take some time, the jawbone should eventually restore itself. Bone grafting procedures are often used before dental implants to strengthen the jawbone so that it can provide proper support for the new implants.
If you believe that you may be suffering from gum disease and you would like to learn more about the periodontal services offered at SmileWorld Dental, please call us at (209) 543-0555 to schedule an appointment.