Periodontal disease is an inflammatory condition affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. Left untreated, it can lead to serious oral health complications like tooth loss and severe bone and gum deterioration.
Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth. A sticky substance called plaque forms when these bacteria accumulate along your gum line or between your teeth. Plaque then hardens into tartar and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist through professional cleaning.
If the buildup of plaque and tartar goes untreated, the gums will begin to separate from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets fill with more bacteria and erode the bone supporting the teeth. In the advanced stages of gum disease, teeth can become loose and eventually fall out. The good news is that gum disease is preventable, treatable, and reversible. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact Valenta Dental, to schedule a consultation!
The Symptoms of Periodontal Diseases
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
- Receding gums or teeth appear longer
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Changes in the bite or the way teeth fit together
Some Periodontal Treatments
Scaling and Root Planing
Also known as deep cleaning, scaling, and root planing is a non-surgical procedure to remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the teeth and root surfaces below the gumline. It helps eliminate bacteria and smoothens the root surfaces, facilitating gum tissue reattachment and reducing inflammation.
This procedure involves lifting back the gums and removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar from below the gum line. This treatment also smoothens the tooth roots to prevent future buildup. The gums are then sutured back in place so that the tissue can heal properly. Our dentist may prescribe medication to help with the healing.
Laser-assisted periodontal therapy utilizes dental lasers to remove infected or inflamed gum tissue and promote gum reattachment. It can be used as an alternative or adjunct to traditional periodontal treatments.
When gum disease has affected the jawbone, it may need to be stabilized with bone grafting surgery. This process is often used for people who have severely damaged or diseased gums and have lost too much bone structure to support it. Grafts can also be placed to help build up the bone around the teeth lost due to disease or injury. After grafting, the bone fuses with the graft material, and the jaw can again support your teeth.
If you notice any signs or symptoms of gum disease, it's essential to visit Valenta Dental at 1838 Dunlap Ave, Marinette, WI 54143, or call (715) 735-5626 for an evaluation and appropriate treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and following the recommended treatment plan are vital for managing periodontal diseases effectively.