By maintaining good oral hygiene and having regular oral examinations and cleanings, people can keep their natural teeth for life. However, it’s more than just brushing your teeth – it’s also ensuring the health around the teeth by providing attention to the gums and supporting bones.
There are times when bacterial infection threatens the health of the oral ecosystem, and gum disease must be addressed with periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy has many different forms, but the objective is to restore diseased tissue so that it is healthy and to keep it from spreading to the bones that support our teeth.
Different types of Periodontal Therapies
Many therapies can be used to help restore diseased tissue ranging from non-surgical techniques such as scalings, a deep cleaning that remove plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
Scaling and Root Planing
To combat gum disease, scaling and root planning are deep cleaning techniques where plaque and tartar are removed from under the gum using hand scalers and/or ultrasonic instruments.
Periodontal Laser Treatment
The two main gum diseases treated with lasers are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation and bleeding of the gums resulting from the buildup of plaque. Gingivitis can spread through bacterial infection to become periodontitis, causing the gums and bone structure in the mouth to deteriorate. Using lasers, the diseased gum tissue is removed and the patient experiences less discomfort and shrinkage than with other surgical procedures.
Gum grafting, or gingival grafting, is a form of periodontal surgery. In areas where the gum tissue has been lost or receded, healthy gum tissue from one area of the mouth is moved and grafted to where it is needed. A gingival graft, can reduce further recession and bone loss.
Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or a crown.
How to be PROACTIVE when it comes to
Oral Health and Periodontal Health
Be PROACTIVE when it comes to periodontal health. Plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease so remove it every day by brushing and flossing. Be sure to have regular dental exams and professional cleanings, stay away from tobacco, and eat a diet low in sugar.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.