Are Your Gums in Good Health?
Periodontal disease is the result of bacterial infections that attack the gums when plaque in hard-to-reach places hardens into tartar. It can be recognized by common symptoms like bleeding, swollen gums, and the recession of gum tissue from the roots of your teeth. As the condition advances, spaces deepen behind gum tissue at the base of your teeth and allow for pockets of infection that erode the health of your gums.
At Full Mouth Implants, your condition will be diagnosed based on a careful assessment of tartar buildup, visible symptoms, and the depth of spaces between your gums and teeth. Your specific diagnosis will inform us on what treatment plan is best suited to return your mouth to optimal health.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning method which can effectively reverse the symptoms of mild or moderate gum disease. After a standard hygiene treatment to remove plaque and expose problem areas, hardened tartar is broken away from your teeth with an ultrasonic cleaning tool. Rough surfaces on the surface of your teeth and roots will be smoothed over to prevent bacteria from settling on the freshly sanitized areas.
Without the presence of plaque and tartar, your gums will resume healthy growth and reattach to the roots of your teeth. Because of this, regular hygiene treatments are the best strategy to monitor the health of your gums and address the presence of tartar before periodontal disease can advance.
Periodontal Treatment with Gum Grafts
Either a connective-tissue gum graft or a pedicle gum graft may be the optimal solution depending on your individual circumstances to restore healthy tissue to the roots of your teeth. These procedures address receding gums by integrating donor gum tissue or extending the tissue of your own gums to achieve optimal coverage. Visit our page on gum grafting to learn more about which method might be recommended to match your needs.
Surgical Periodontal Treatment
For more advanced cases of periodontal disease, surgical intervention may be recommended to prevent further damage and restore your gums to a healthy condition. After an evaluation of your periodontal health, your dentist at Full Mouth Implants may recommend one of the following treatment options:
Pocket Depth Reduction Surgery: Otherwise known as flap surgery, this procedure lifts gum tissue away from the bone of your teeth and roots to allow access to the pockets of bacteria which may accumulate behind the gums. Bacteria is cleaned away and accumulated tartar is removed from the surface of teeth. After sterilization, gum tissue is sutured into place around the base of teeth to promote healthy gum growth.
Guided Tissue Regeneration: To encourage the growth of healthy gum tissue, your clinician will surgically embed a small piece of mesh-like material between your gums and an area of jawbone surrounding your teeth. A protein solution is applied to stimulate tissue growth to encourage gum tissue to grow into place around the roots of your teeth.
Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile
At Full Mouth Implants, we’ll make sure you get the appropriate treatment and the best care to address your periodontal disease symptoms. Make an appointment for a consultation by calling (561) 627-5560 to schedule an appointment for consultation.