Periodontal services focus on improving gum health, which is every bit as important as the health of your teeth. How do you know if your gum health needs attention? Regular visits to your dentist will keep both of you informed about the state of your oral health, but there are warning signs to keep an eye out for. Take note if you experience:
- Gums bleeding
- Red, puffy, or tender gums
- Constant bad breath or generally bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums or discomfort in gums
- Formation of deep pockets at the foot of teeth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures
There are a surprising number of periodontal services and procedures out there, so here’s a primer on all of the most popular ones offered at your local Solana Family Dental offices.
Dr. Sandler, your dentist in Solana Beach CA, knows that not all gum disease has to be treated with surgery. The American Academy of Periodontology, the professional organization of more than 8,400 periodontists, stresses that gum health should be achieved in the least invasive manner possible.
Your local Solana Beach dentist, Dr. Sandler, might be able to fight gum disease with scaling and root planing. Sometimes called deep cleaning, this is a careful and meticulous cleaning of root surfaces to remove tartar and plaque. It can also help smooth the tooth root and remove bacteria. This procedure is considered the “gold standard” in treatment for patients with chronic periodontitis.
Gum Graft Surgery
Non-surgical solutions have their limits, and a consultation from your Solana Beach dentist is the only real way to be sure of the state of your periodontal disease. If a patient has exposed roots, one common solution is a gum graft surgery. The periodontist takes tissue from other parts of your mouth or other donors to cover the exposed tooth roots. This may be followed by dental implants to replace any teeth lost due to gum disease.
This one often goes hand-in-hand with gum graft surgery. In particularly bad cases of periodontal disease, where the bone has been damaged, your periodontist will cut and fold your gums in order to remove the disease-causing bacteria. While the gum is open, the specialist can insert bone grafts, membranes or tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage the bone to grow back.
Pocket Reduction Procedures
In a perfect world, your gums should wrap around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck during the winter. Specific types of periodontal disease, though, can wipe out tissue and bone. This often causes pockets between the gum and teeth. Pocket elimination surgery is also known as “flap surgery”. For this procedure, your dentist cuts a flap in the gum and removes the harmful bacteria. It paves the way for the gum to reattach to the tooth.
For more information on gum disease treatment, routine dental exams, or other oral health services, reach out to Solana Family Dental! We’re available by phone at (858) 345-4497, or by visiting our Contact Us page.