LUX Dental Clinic provides periodontal services to help you stay proactive about gum disease or treat it when necessary.
When brushing your teeth, redness, sensitivity or bleeding are early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria – this is called gingivitis. If left untreated, it can spread to surrounding bony structures, resulting in bone loss, gum recession, and ultimately, tooth mobility and loss -this is called periodontitis.
Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly (twice a year for a professional cleaning or more) can prevent periodontal disease. Your dentist will indicate the best treatment and frequency to follow depending on your case.
Treatment for gingivitis and periodontitis usually includes a deep cleaning (removing tartar from above and below the gum line) and depending on the severity, can also include surgical therapy, such as a pocket reduction. Every case is different, and requires an individualized treatment plan.
A compromised tooth that is damaged beyond repair can endanger the other teeth around it. In this situation, the best thing to do is to extract the tooth. This is done under anesthesia. Options for continued treatment include dental bridges or implants to replace the missing tooth.
If your gums are receding, your dentist may recommend a gum tissue graft. Gum recession exposes the roots of your teeth. This can cause the root surface of your teeth to become more likely to decay, as well as be more sensitive and prone to abrasion.
A gum graft can correct receding gums. It is a quick and relatively simple surgery in which your dentist removes healthy gum tissue from the roof of the mouth and uses it to build the gum back up where it has receded.
Ensuring your periodontal disease is controlled is important, because many other dental treatments, such as crowns and bridges, removable partial dentures, and implants, all depend on the teeth having a solid foundation.
Call us today to inquire about periodontal treatments and stay proactive about your oral health.