Our team at Sparkle Dental has expert periodontists trained in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of periodontal disease. This means we take care of diseases of the gum and place or repair your Dental Implants when the case requires it. We also perform cosmetic periodontal procedures.
Bacterial plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. If allowed to accumulate, plaque turns into tartar and puts your gum at the risk of infection. These cause severe dental issues like bone loss, gingival recession, and eventual tooth loss. We always recommend an immediate dental check with our periodontist if you notice any signs of gum disease.
When Should You See Our Periodontist?
Visit our expert periodontist if your gums are swollen, tender, red, or bleeding. Bad taste in the mouth or consistent bad breath are also signs of gum disease and should be reported to our expert for immediate care. If you make a close check of your gums in a mirror and notice that your gums are retreating or have pus, consider that a sign of gum disease. As a general rule, visit us straight away if you have loose or shifting teeth.
Seek the attention of our periodontist regularly if your family has a history of gum disease. A recent study by the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam reported that severe periodontitis was prevalent among patients who had a family member with some form of gum disease. We, therefore, advocate regular visits with our teeth doctors to preempt gingival disease or halt it before it develops from gingivitis to periodontitis.
Periodontal Care for Specific Gum Diseases
We recommend periodontal care in line with the nature of the gum problem. If you have mild gum issues manifesting in red, inflamed and tender gums that easily bleed when you brush, our periodontist will engage our dental hygienist to do custom teeth and gum cleaning. We may also recommend antibacterial remedies to curb bacterial infection.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that develops when mild gum problems are not addressed on time. You may notice that your gums have receded, forming pockets that support bacterial growth. Invisible to the eye, periodontitis eats into your tooth bone and the ligaments supporting your tooth. This can only be diagnosed using an x-ray. In this case, we perform a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of your tooth while planing entails smoothening the root surface of your teeth to promote gum healing and reattachment to the tooth.
Our specialists may consider your gum disease to have surpassed the periodontitis phase to a severe periodontitis stage. This means that extreme destruction has been caused by gingival disease to your gums and teeth. Your tooth bone may be consumed and your gums severely damaged, leaving your teeth roots exposed. Our periodontist will propose surgical treatment plans to repair the root and perform gum grafting. These procedures reduce gum pockets and reinforce thin gums. Where tooth root has been destroyed, we may also consider tissue regeneration by placing tissue-stimulating proteins. This procedure prevents soft tissues from growing in the place of the tooth root and enhances the natural regeneration of tooth bone and tissue.
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For more information call us at Sparkle Dental at (617) 430-6404 today.