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 an infection of the gums that typically occurs due to poor oral hygiene. When plaque hardens, it turns into tartar – which is almost impossible to remove without a professional dental cleaning.
As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. Once the disease progresses, it can cause damage to your overall health and require professional treatments to restore your smile.
Fortunately, at River Birch Dental, our dentists can treat gum disease with periodontal treatments. Learn how we can provide comfortable, virtually pain-free therapy below.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
If you have a mild to moderate case of gum disease, we’re able to treat your condition with scaling & root planing. This is a deep cleaning involving specialized dental tools to thoroughly clean your gums and remove any plaque and tartar.
We’ll 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 Periodontal Treatments
If the tissue or bone damage is too severe to be repaired through scaling & root planing, you’ll likely need a surgical procedure to prevent further damage and restore your oral health. At your appointment, we’ll evaluate the severity of your periodontal disease and recommend the most effective treatment option.
Pocket Depth Reduction
This treatment is used to reverse the effects of periodontal disease and restore your oral health. We’re able to visually see the damage, access the tooth root, and clean the infected area. Your dentist will suture the gum to the bone to promote healing.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
If you suffer from periodontitis, this procedure will reshape the bone that holds your teeth in place. We’ll fold back the gum tissue and remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Your dentist may perform 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
For the more advanced cases, your dentist will use a gum graft to remove the infection and restore the tissue. We’ll remove healthy gum tissue from the roof of your mouth and use it to rebuild and strengthen the areas where your gums are receding. This procedure can also be performed for cosmetic purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the more common signs of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding Gums: This is one of the earliest and most obvious signs of infection. Bleeding typically occurs during or after brushing and flossing.
- Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums: If your gums are sensitive, red, or swollen, they could be becoming infected.
- Persistent Bad Breath: One of the most common signs of infection is bad breath or an ongoing bad taste in your mouth.
- Loose or Shifting Teeth: Later signs of periodontal disease involve the movement or migration of teeth. Loose teeth or teeth that appear longer due to receding gums are a clear sign that you should seek professional help.
One of the most important steps you can take to prevent gum disease is sticking to a proper oral hygiene care routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling dental appointments at our Centuria practice once every six months.