Periodontal (Gum) disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss, but also has been show to raise the risk factor for several potential health issues including stroke and heart disease. While gum disease typically begins with gingivitis, half of Americans aged 30 and above (64 million) have a more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Sometimes the early stages of gum disease can be invisible and painless. However, here is a brief list of some common and noticeable symptoms:
Inflammation from bacteria may cause gums to be red, swell, and bleed. If you have any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible. A general dentist can usually intervene when the disease is in the gingivitis stage.
Left untreated, gingivitis can progress to the next stage. Periodontitis occurs when gums begin to separate from the teeth leading to infected pockets. Toxins from the bacteria combined with the body’s response to the infection can erode supporting bone and tissue, eventually causing tooth loss. Treatment from a Periodontist is required at this stage.
While the symptoms listed above do not guarantee that you are on your way to Periodontal disease, we highly recommend that you bring any gum issues to our attention. Catching it early is key to stopping it before it has a wider impact. Our highly experienced team of dental professionals will be able to quickly assess your situation and recommend treatment solutions.
Osseous surgery, sometimes referred to as pocket reduction surgery or gingivectomy, refers to a number of different surgeries aimed at gaining access to the tooth roots to remove tartar and disease-causing bacteria. This approach can reduce bacterial spread, prevent bone loss, enhance the smile, and facilitate more effective home hygiene care.
A ridge augmentation is often performed following a tooth extraction to help recreate the natural contour of the gums and jaw. Rebuilding the original height and width of the alveolar ridge (bone surrounding tooth roots) is not medically necessary, but may be required for dental implant placement, or for aesthetic purposes.
As the most common non-surgical methods to treat gum disease before it becomes severe, scaling and root planning reach where flossing and brushing cannot. A special dental tool is used during the procedure to get down to the roots by removing the bacteria and tartar that have gathered below the gum line.
Guided regeneration can help you regain a healthy gum line and bone structure. Our specialists surgically position barrier membranes under your gums to promote healthy tissue growth and bone regeneration.
Sinus lift/augmentation raises the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation in the upper jaw. Bone is added between the jaw and maxillary sinuses to repair damage from periodontal disease often for the proper placement of implants.
An abnormally prominent frenum, the small tissue fold in your mouth that connects your lower gums to the bottom of your tongue or that connects your upper gums to your upper lip, may have a negative impact on teeth, gums, and the supporting bone structure. A frenectomy is a short surgery, typically about 15 minutes, to reduce the frenum for a healthier long-term oral environment.
Please contact our team today if you have questions about your gum health.