When it comes to taking care of periodontal disease, you can’t go to just any dentist. Only those who have the extra specialized training, like Dr. Andrew, can treat your conditions. Periodontal disease starts with gingivitis and can be prevented with early treatment. If your condition has gone beyond gingivitis, you need to see a dental specialist. Periodontal care can be both non-surgical and surgical. Your treatment options will depend on the severity of the conditions you have and your other health issues.
Types of Periodontal Treatment
Non-surgical treatment options can be cost-effective and minimally invasive. But they are also limited in what they can do to help you.
Our non-surgical procedures include:
- Scaling/ Root Planing – In this treatment, the dentist will clean your root’s surfaces, removing plaque and tartar. With periodontal disease, the pockets are deep, so this can reduce the buildup of toxins.
- Tray Delivery – In a tray delivery system, the dentist will create a custom-fit tray out of impressions from your mouth. You can use this tray at home to apply prescribed medicine for your periodontal disease.
Surgical procedures include:
- Gum Grafting – This surgery reduced gum recession and bone loss. The graft involves removing gum tissue from your palate and replacing it where the exposed root is.
- Regenerative Care – When periodontal disease has resulted in bone loss, regenerative care is often suggested.
With regenerative procedures, the gum tissue is folded back to remove the bacteria that causes the disease. From there, other natural material is used to help your body regenerate the bone and tissue it lost.
- Laser Care – Laser gingivectomies are considered a mildly invasive surgery in which laser wavelengths are used to fix gum issues caused by gingivitis.
Another type of laser care is a gingivoplasty. In this treatment, unnatural-looking gum tissue due to genetics, disease, or or trauma is reshaped into a healthy, normal look around your teeth.
- Plastic Surgeries – Periodontists can perform types of oral plastic surgery that can change the overall look of your smile.
When your smile is uneven at the gumline, or you aren’t happy with the way your teeth and gum ratio line up, a periodontist can help.
If your teeth are too long and your roots are exposed due to gum recession, there are
ways that Dr. Andrew can help protect your roots from decaying and reduce the length of your teeth.
Even your jawbone can benefit from periodontal treatment. If tooth loss has caused an indentation in your gums, causing an unnatural recession to be seen, you could be a candidate for ridge augmentation.
Periodontal disease can be dangerous, especially if it isn’t managed properly. Contact our office today to see how Dr. Andrew can help you take care of your gum disease and fix any problems keeping you from loving your smile!
At St. John’s Smile Care, we provide our patients with high-quality care in a friendly, supportive environment. Our services range from preventative screening and exams to restorative and surgical care. We offer the best care for your oral health and we want you satisfied!