Periodontal Treatmentsin Centuria, WI

Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile

Your gums are a crucial component of your oral health. If you develop a gum infection, it can lead to other health complications. Periodontal (gum) disease is a common yet serious condition that can be easily treated and prevented if caught early.

Fortunately, at River Birch Dental, Dr. Vargas and our skilled dental team can treat gum disease with safe and effective periodontal treatments. Read on to learn the warning signs of gum disease and your available treatment options.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease, is an infection of the gums that typically occurs due to poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, it could lead to serious complications like tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. It’s crucial to take preventative measures like practicing good oral hygiene and seeking treatment at the first sign of this condition.

How Periodontal Disease Begins

In most cases, periodontal disease is the result of poor oral hygiene, as leftover food particles can lead to the gathering of unhealthy bacteria. This bacteria can collect on your teeth and form into plaque, an acidic, film-like substance that can cause harm to your gums.

Plaque can typically be removed through regular brushing and flossing. However, if left untreated, it can harden into tartar, which can only be removed with professional dental tools. Tartar leaves your teeth and gums more vulnerable to harmful bacteria, which can lead to the development of periodontal disease.

Stages of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease progresses in two primary stages:

  1. Gingivitis: The early stage of gum disease is typically mild, and patients may not experience any noticeable or painful symptoms during this stage. Seeking treatment during this stage can help reverse the effects of infection and restore the health of your gums.
  2. Periodontitis: The later stage of gum disease is usually accompanied by painful symptoms like bleeding and inflamed gums. The effects of this stage may be irreversible, which is why it’s crucial to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Who Is at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

Aside from poor oral hygiene, other factors may make a patient more likely to develop periodontal disease, such as:

  • Medications that reduce saliva production
  • Genetics
  • Diabetes and other medical conditions
  • Smoking or oral tobacco use
  • Severe stress
  • Certain health conditions that compromise immune systems (i.e. AIDS and cancer)

Signs of Periodontal Disease

In the early stage of periodontal disease, patients likely won’t experience any noticeable signs or symptoms. However, if this disease progresses into periodontitis, it can result in potentially painful symptoms. Some common signs of this condition include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth loss

Treating Periodontal Disease

At River Birch Dental, we offer both non-surgical and surgical treatments for periodontal disease. Dr. Vargas will assess your situation and determine which method of treatment will be most effective in alleviating your symptoms.

Non-Surgical Treatments

If you have a mild to moderate case of gum disease, we can treat your condition with scaling & root planing. This non-surgical deep cleaning involves using specialized dental tools to thoroughly clean your gums and remove any plaque and tartar.

We’ll also smooth out the rough surfaces of the teeth and roots to prevent bacteria from settling into the sanitized area. This provides a healthy, clean surface to encourage gum reattachment.

Surgical Treatments

If the tissue or bone damage is too severe to be repaired through scaling & root planing, Dr. Vargas may recommend a surgical procedure to prevent further damage and restore your oral health. At your initial consultation, she’ll evaluate the severity of your periodontal disease and recommend the most effective treatment option.

We offer a variety of periodontal surgical treatments, including:

  • Pocket Depth Reduction: This treatment involves accessing the tooth root and cleaning the infected area. We’ll then suture the gum to the bone to promote healing.
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration: This procedure can help reshape the bone that holds your teeth in place. We’ll fold back the gum tissue to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Dr. Vargas may recommend a bone graft to stimulate new bone growth or apply a special protein that stimulates tissue growth to repair the infected areas.
  • Soft Tissue Graft: This treatment is reserved for more advanced cases of periodontal disease. We’ll take healthy gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and use it to rebuild and strengthen the areas where your gums are receding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay Ahead of Periodontal Disease

Regular preventive care is the best strategy to avoid gum disease. Proper oral hygiene routines can help keep your smile beautiful and your oral health intact. If you’re struggling with periodontal disease, we have the solutions you need. To learn more about our periodontal treatments, contact our Centuria office by calling (715) 646-2161. You can also fill out a contact form and a team member will be with you shortly.

River Birch Dental

601 State Road 35
Centuria, Wisconsin 54824
P.O. Box 459

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