Our highly qualified dental personnel can determine whether you have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease remains one of the most chronic diseases and health conditions. When a person has a plethora of oral bacterial, gum disease can occur and produce a severe amount of dental damage. As the periodontal disease progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth. The jawbone may recede, and teeth might be lost if the condition isn’t treated right away. Our offices in the greater Phoenix area offer completed treatment of periodontal diseases and can provide you with expert periodontal care using the latest technology such as soft tissue lasers. We also offer gum grafting if you have severe gum disease. More importantly, we practice sedation dentistry to help you get through your treatments with as little pain as possible.
Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
The symptoms of gum disease can be treated before too much damage has been done to your oral health. Some of these symptoms include:
- Bleeding of the gums.
- Swelling and inflammation of the gums.
- Sensitive teeth that hurt when they come in contact with heat or cold.
- Loose teeth.
- Receding gums.
- Degeneration of the jawbone.
If you observe any of these signs, it is imperative to receive dental treatment as soon as possible. Unless these symptoms are quickly treated, they may get worse and cause more severe health problems. Gum disease may even affect your heart health and may increase your chances of having diabetes and a stroke.
Scaling and Root Planning
If you have beginning or moderate gum disease, our doctors usually recommend a deep cleaning, which is also called scaling and root planning. Your doctor will first numb your gums, then clean out the pockets of bacteria around the roots of your teeth. Also, he may smooth down the rough areas of your dental roots. These rough patches have been known to catch microbes and start infections in your gums. Smoothing out the gums reduces your chance of having further gum infections. Frequently your doctor will also place topical antibiotics in your freshly cleaned root pockets to kill any bacteria that may already reside around the roots of your teeth. Our doctors only treat the areas affected by infection and don’t disturb healthy mouth tissues. They may also use soft tissue layers for an even more thorough cleaning of your gums.
If you have severe gum infections or disease, your doctor may suggest a gum graft as a part of your treatment plan. First, he’ll numb your gums. Then he’ll remove decayed and diseased tissue from the gum area. This tissue removal can be done using a specialized laser. Lasers remain the preferred method of treating gum disease because the laser can both remove diseased tissue and seal the blood vessels in your gums to prevent bleeding. Using a laser for periodontal disease not only reduces or eliminates bleeding but also reduces the amount of swelling, inflammation, and sensitivity in your gums too. Gum grafting using advanced laser technology also assists your gums to heal more quickly than they would be using more traditional measures.
After removing the damaged areas of your gums, your doctor will rebuild your gum line. To do this, he will take some samples of your soft palate or from another area, then place the healthy tissue over the treated area of the gums. Tiny stitches will keep the graft of skin in the correct place as the tissue heals. A particular type of membrane can also be used to speed your gum healing process.
A Consultation is Needed
To learn more about whether you need gum treatments, call us today for a consultation. Your highly trained and experienced doctor will give you a complete exam using some of the most advanced technology and can advise you on the right treatment plan for your situation.