Periodontal treatments are cleanings done in the presence of periodontal disease to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Periodontal disease, often referred to as gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.
At Lone Star Dental Care, periodontal treatments focus on improving the health of the gums. The most common method of periodontal treatment is scaling and root planing. Plaque and tartar are removed from beneath the gum line using this non-surgical treatment. Other advanced periodontal treatments include osseous surgery, bone grafting, gum grafting and guided tissue regeneration.
Periodontal disease is a severe condition which with diligent home care and continued maintenance visits, we can help you treat your disease and prevent its return! Regular visits, every 3 to 4 months are essential for preventing and treating periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums, supporting bone, and tissue around your teeth. Bacteria form plaque, a sticky layer that adheres to your teeth, which, if not removed, will begin to eat away at your enamel, causing your gums to become inflamed and bleed. Eventually, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets and gaps where bacteria can hide.
Some periodontal treatments we offer at Lone Star Dental Care:
Perio Protect is a specialized type of periodontal treatment which is ideal for patients who suffer from mild to moderate gum disease. Perio Protect is a non-invasive procedure using a tray which is custom-fit to your mouth. The tray is filled with medication which treats the gums and eliminates bacteria.
The osseous surgery treatment is a procedure which removes bacteria and infections from the supporting jawbone. This treatment is performed when the bone and gum tissue around the teeth is infected. This is typically performed with a local anesthetic to numb the area, allowing for a more comfortable procedure. The dentist removes the infected tissue from the jawbone and thoroughly cleans the affected area. A bone or gingival graft is used to place healthy bone or gum tissue at the removal site. A membrane may be placed over the area to help tissue heal and grow properly. The dentist may use PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) to stimulate bone and tissue growth.
Bone grafting is a surgical procedure which involves adding bone to an area of the jaw which has deteriorated due to advanced gum disease. Receding gums can cause the supporting bone to degenerate, eventually leading to tooth loss. A bone graft replaces lost bone and helps to rebuild and reinforce the structure of the jaw.
Gum grafting can be used to treat gum recession and gummy smiles. Gum grafting can also prepare your gums for dental implants. Though gum recession usually happens gradually, it can sometimes occur rapidly due to aggressive tooth brushing or the presence of gum disease.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a procedure that stimulates bone and gum tissue regeneration. GTR works by using membranes to guide the growth of new bone and tissue during a process. Dental professionals often use GTR on patients who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, employing it to regenerate healthy bone and gum tissue.
Gum Disease and Overall Health
Periodontal disease can cause more than just gum inflammation. It can also lead to serious health issues like heart disease. Moreover, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and can also lead to more serious health issues. It occurs when bacteria from plaque buildup around your gums.
Gum disease can cause inflammation of gum tissue, which can trigger plaque and bacteria buildup. This buildup can eventually lead to gum recession, which can then lead to the exposure of the tooth’s root surface. This means bacteria can reach the tooth’s root and begin to cause infection.
For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Lone Star Dental Care at 11500 State Highway 121, Suite 210, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (972) 779-6207.