Periodontic treatment involves treating the smile from the inside out. Periodontists look at the structures that surround the teeth instead of the teeth themselves. Periodontic treatments focus on the gums, the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament, and other supporting oral framework.
Examples of Periodontal Treatments
The periodontic branch of dentistry emphasizes treating gums that are swollen and unhealthy. If you’ve noticed gum inflammation or sensitivity, you may want to have your dentist examine your smile.
Millions of patients suffer from gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease. Some of the symptoms of gum disease are:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are tender or painful
- Difficulty biting down normally
- A change in the normal bite
- Bleeding when flossing or brushing
When you leave gum disease untreated, you could be at greater risk for tooth loss! You can protect your smile from gum disease with periodontal treatments. Here are some examples of our common periodontic services.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical way to treat gum disease. Think of it like a deep cleaning. Your dental professionals will scrape away the plaque and tartar from your gumline and smooth out rough spots that could be hiding dangerous bacteria. This process will restore your clean and healthy teeth.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Are your gums pulling away from your teeth? If you are suffering from receding gums, soft tissue grafting may be a beneficial treatment for you. Your dentist can take tissue from the roof of your mouth and graft it into the receding gums to improve your periodontal health.
Gum disease can cause tooth loss and bone deterioration. A weak and deteriorated jawbone produces an aged appearance and an unhealthy mouth. If are suffering from jawbone deterioration, it isn’t too late to reverse the problem! During a bone graft, your dentist can place new bone into the area and promote the regrowth of your real jawbone.
If left untreated, gum disease could cause other health issues. Gum disease has even been linked to heart disease and diabetes, so don’t put off your treatment! Come see us today to learn how we can help you with periodontics. Please give us a call at Frontier Village Dental Care.