A periodontist treats periodontal disease. Periodontal treatment involves the treatment of gums and gum disease. Periodontal diseases are infections in what surrounds your teeth, including alveolar bone, gums, and periodontal alignment. My Platinum Dental in Broken Arrow, OK will have all the information you need on periodontal treatment.
Gingivitis is the first step of periodontal disease. Dental bacteria and plaque can lead to periodontal diseases.
Common symptoms Include:
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Painful teeth or chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Swollen gums
Gum disease is important to get treatment for immediately because it can lead to higher risks for diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.
Dentists performing this offer receive up to three additional years of specialized training in periodontal disease treatment in both non-surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgery procedures. Periodontists are also experts in replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
The dentist will begin with nonsurgical treatment. The dentist will start out taking a look inside your mouth to see what could be causing the problem. There will be deep cleanings of your teeth to remove any plaque or calculus that has built up. This is called “scaling” or “root planing”.
They will scrape off tartar from the gum line above and below. This can get rid of bacteria and places where it grows.
Medications may be prescribed. They may be antibiotics to take orally or a gel to apply topically. My Platinum Dental will make sure you have everything you need for comfortable treatment.
Surgical Pocket Reductions
If general cleanings and treatment isn’t enough then we move on to the next stage. If tartar or plaque is too difficult to get clean, then surgery will be required to remove it.
This can include shallow bone defects or even deep bone defects to remove it all. The spaces between teeth and bone that can grow the bacteria need to be removed. Tartar may be cleaned out by lifting up the gums by the teeth, then sewn tightly back around them.
Bone and Tissue Grafts
Periodontal disease can cause loss of bone or gum tissues. This may mean your dentist will put natural or synthetic bone in the areas needed to promote growth.
Tissue regeneration may be guided in to help keep gum from growing between gum and bone where it shouldn’t.
Give us a call today at My Platinum Dental to get the help you need.