Gum disease is a common oral health condition. Early symptoms typically include inflamed, swollen gum tissue. Left untreated, it can lead to serious dental health, and even general health issues. Gum disease is caused by long-term exposure to tartar, bacteria and plaque. The first sign you may notice is swollen and irritated gum tissue that may bleed when you brush or floss. We strongly encourage patients to seek out treatment during this time, as the condition will become progressively worse. Eventually, the gums will pull away from the teeth creating empty spaces known as periodontal pockets. These pockets will become infected with bacteria and plaque, and the condition can then spread through the rest of the mouth easily, even down to the jaw bone. If the jaw bone is allowed to deteriorate, tooth loss is likely to follow.
Here at Fairview Dental, we provide periodontal services that be used to treat gum disease at every stage.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing involves using special dental tools to reach below the gum line to remove tartar and plaque. Then, we smooth the root surfaces to help prevent future buildups.
Gum Graft Surgery: Gum disease often causes a receding gum line as the gums pull away from the teeth to expose tooth roots. Gum graft surgery uses harvested oral tissue from other areas of the mouth to cover the exposed roots.
Gingivectomy: This surgical procedure involves removing and reshaping loose or diseased gum tissue to eliminate periodontal pockets.
Root Surface Debridement: This procedure is a deep cleaning of the root surfaces deep below the teeth. Buildups of tartar, bacteria and plaque are removed during this non-surgical procedure.
Laser Treatment: Using a specialized dental laser, we can access and remove swollen gum tissue from around the roots. The laser can also be used to eliminate buildups and smooth rough spots.
Osseous Surgery: This specialized surgical procedure works to reduce the size of periodontal pockets by cutting into the gum tissue, flapping it upward and removing tartar and plaque from the roots.
Ridge Augmentation: After tooth loss or removal, a ridge augmentation procedure involves placing bone grafts on the alveolar ridge to promote bone growth and strengthen the jawbone. This can help make the bone strong enough to eventually support a dental implant.
Ridge Preservation: This procedure involves applying bone grafts to empty spaces created by a missing tooth to slow down the deterioration of the jawbone.
Sinus Lift: When installing implants to replace top teeth, sinuses can get in the way, especially when the bone is deteriorated. A sinus lift involves pushing the sinus membrane upward, so the sinuses are moved out of the way. Once healed, dental implants can be installed.
If you notice early signs of gum disease, contact us as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can save your smile! Give us a call today at (925) 255-1485 to set up an appointment with our expert team.