Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is the top cause of tooth loss among Americans. Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing. If you do have gum disease, treating it with periodontic treatments is important for maintaining good oral health.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to chronic health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Likewise, if you suffer from gum disease or some other oral health issue, don’t ignore it any longer. Get prompt treatment so you can save your teeth. The team at Breeze Dental can help. Call our office at (703) 273-5545 to learn more.
Crown lengthening is another periodontic treatment. In short, it is a surgical procedure that restores the gum line. Despite the name, this procedure does not actually lengthen the crown; instead, it lowers the gum line. This is the only option when there is not enough tooth structure to put on a crown. Crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth so that the dentist has something to work with.
There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, as well as another that connects the lower lip to the gums. These pieces of tissue keep your lips and gums in place. If the frenulum is too short or thick, it will cause issues with speech and tooth misalignment. In some cases, periodontic surgery is needed to fix the problem.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed with either a scalpel or laser. The procedure is very quick, taking just 15 minutes. It is done under anesthesia, so there is minimal discomfort. Frenectomies are often very successful.
Do you wake in the morning with sore jaws? Do you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite? If so, you may need an occlusal adjustment.
Occlusal adjustment corrects bite misalignment issues. It can help those with loose or shifting teeth and those who grind or clench their teeth. Once your bite is adjusted, this will eliminate excess pressure on your teeth. Occlusal adjustment uses a dental drill and a fine filing stone. You will feel minimal discomfort.
Teeth can become loose due to injury, lost gum tissue, orthodontic treatment or tooth misalignment. Periodontal splinting can make these teeth stronger by attaching weak teeth together. This makes them stable and stronger than single teeth by themselves. Periodontal splinting is most commonly performed on the front teeth and is done by using composite material to attach loose teeth to stable teeth next to them.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums. It starts out as plaque, and if not removed promptly, it hardens to form tartar. Tartar harbors bacteria that attack the gums. This causes gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Left untreated, it then turns into periodontitis, which destroys the gum tissue surrounding your teeth as well as the bone that holds your teeth in place.
The periodontic disease advances silently, often without pain. There are very few warning signs except for bleeding gums and bad breath. Tooth loss occurs quickly without treatment.
Gingivitis is a disease that can cause significant tooth and gum deterioration if left untreated. Gingivitis forms when plaque and tartar stay on the teeth too long. This allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. These bacteria can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums. While nobody wants to hear that they have gingivitis, the reality is that treatment is relatively simple.
Gingivitis can be treated by having the dental hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If this does not work, the gingivitis will worsen and the roots will need a planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is that scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface, while root planing involves smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected portions of the tooth.
Scaling and planing is a non-surgical procedure. It is performed in the dentist’s office without any anesthesia. Generally, the procedure is painless. However, if you have advanced stages of gingivitis, the procedure may be uncomfortable. Your dentist may need to numb the area during the treatment.
Deep scaling and root planing/ periodontic treatments are usually done in multiple appointments. One section of the mouth will be done per visit. This allows your mouth to heal. To prevent infection, your dentist may give you an antibiotic called ARESTIN right after the scaling and root planing.
While taking care of your teeth is important, you shouldn’t ignore your gums. Gum disease and oral health issues can threaten the health of your teeth and your entire body.
The team at Breeze Dental can help you understand your periodontic treatment options so you can keep your mouth in tip-top shape. To schedule a consultation with our Fairfax office, call (703) 273-5545.