Solutions For Peridontitis
We’ve been raised throughout our lives learning to fight the leading enemy of a healthy, beautiful smile. We ate the pink pills in grade school to see where we weren’t brushing properly, and then we visited our dentist regularly to receive admonishments about brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, gum disease, also known as gingivitis and periodontitis, can get the best of us. Alex Planes, your dentist in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, can help you turn the tide of the battle back in your favor, and help save or restore your perfect smile.
How To Identify Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the term most of us are familiar with, but this term only describes the least invasive of the varieties of gum disease. Left unchecked gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a disease capable of corroding teeth and destroying bone, causing lasting damage to our smile. Some of the clearest signs of advanced gum disease are:
- Persistent Halitosis: Bad breath that can’t be controlled is often a sign of gingivitis.
- Inflamed Gums: Gums that display puffiness or redness.
- Blood on the Toothbrush: Gums that are painful or bleed when brushed.
- Discomfort While Eating: If it hurts to chew, gingivitis/periodontitis is a likely cause.
- Loose or Sensitive Teeth: Teeth often become sensitive and/or loose in response to periodontitis.
- Gums Receding: Gums often recede as the disease advances, making teeth appear longer.
How Can Periodontitis Be Effectively Treated?
How periodontitis is treated is directly related to how severe of a case exists, and the details of that case. As the disease progresses, the treatments that need to be used grow increasingly less conservative. Below are the most common forms of treatment associated with periodontitis.
- Scaling and Root Planing – This procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth and the surfaces of their roots through a process called scaling. Once this process is completed, the teeth are then smoothed again to prevent places that bacteria can gather.
- Pocket Reduction – If the tissue of the gums is not snugly affixed to the teeth following the above treatment, then a surgical procedure known as periodontal pocket reduction may be necessary. As part of this process, the gum is folded back, the bacteria is cleansed and bone damage smoothed permitting the gum to reattach to the bone.
- Gum Grafts – If the gums have receded to such a degree that the roots have become exposed, then tissue may be transplanted from the palate or other sources to replace the missing tissue.
- Bone Grafts – Also known as a regenerative procedure, this involves the placement of transplanted bone or artificial bone along with proteins to help stimulate tissue growth to repair lost bone.
Periodontitis is a serious disease that can lead to long-term complications, so if you suspect you’re currently facing challenges created by periodontitis, contact Alex Planes office today!