Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Gum disease is a prevalent oral health epidemic. A bacterial infection of the gums causes this harmful disease. You can often avoid periodontal disease with improved oral hygiene practices and routine visits to our dental office. Left untreated, gum disease can progress and result in additional dental health concerns.
Gum disease forms when bacteria on the surface of your teeth creates plaque build-up. The bacterial infection will multiply and spread forming deep periodontal pockets in the gum line as well. This will cause your gums to swell, and eventually begin to recede.
Poorly fitting dental restorations, missing teeth, broken or ill-fit dental fillings, and crooked teeth can all increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Patients with gum disease are more likely to experience a decline in their oral wellness and their systemic health. Late-stage gum disease can cause an increased risk of serious medical conditions and poor health.
Gum disease increases the risk of the following:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart Attack & Strokes
- Loss of Jaw Bone
- Facial sagging
- Missing teeth
- Tooth loss
Speak with our dentist to determine the cause of your persistent or recurring bleeding gums. Fortunately, our Claremont dentistry has many gum disease treatment options available for you!
Gingivitis or periodontal disease can become quite a problem for your teeth, and health. Our periodontists are experts at helping our patients. We will help you get rid of bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath), loose teeth and gum recession. Let us help get your mouth healthy again with periodontal therapy in Claremont, CA.
Preventative Dentistry and Gum Disease
It is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine oral health exam. These regularly scheduled dental exams give our dentists the opportunity to catch any developing dental health concerns early on. We provide proactive treatment options.
For patients with advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis, you may see our in-house periodontist. Our periodontist has specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease.
Our Claremont, CA periodontist near you offers advanced treatment options. He will address the soft tissue damage, affected teeth, and your jaw. We will evaluate your oral health and build a personalized treatment plan to address your gum disease issues. Schedule an appointment to learn more about periodontal treatments near you.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
We tailor the periodontal therapy treatments that we provide for periodontal disease to the unique needs of each of our patients. Our dentist will first thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. He will determine the extent of treatment necessary to restore your oral health. For some patients, a combination of periodontal therapy and restorative treatments will provide the best results.
For the optimal comfort of our patients, we also offer dental sedation options. Our dentist will discuss your options for sedation during your initial visit. We will base our recommendations on the procedures you need, your medical history, and your overall health. To learn about our dental sedation options, see Sedation dentistry.
Treating Gum Disease to Restore Your Oral Health
Claremont Dental Institute provides a full range of periodontal therapies for all stages of gum disease. We perform all procedures in-house and manage all phases of the treatment plan.
We provide precise, effective, and less invasive options for restoring health to your gums and smile. Our state-of-the-art dental technology and laser therapy helps you get fast relief. The following are the periodontal therapy treatments that we offer in our Claremont dental office.
Routine dental cleanings can help prevent the spread of oral bacteria. Six-month teeth cleanings are ideal for controlling gum disease and preventing further damage to your gums, teeth, and jaw. Routine dental cleanings are also great for our patients with diabetes, oral cancer, and other conditions that affect the mouth. Maintaining a healthy oral environment is essential for good health overall.
Scaling and Root Planing
For patients with hard plaque build-up, a scaling and root planing treatment can help. This deep cleaning method removes plaque and helps prevent the spread of disease-causing bacteria and removes tough plaque build-up. This procedure also removes tartar and calculus from the teeth and gums, preventing further gum disease. It can also help reduce inflammation, bleeding and discomfort in your mouth.
After the procedure, the clean gums are able to heal and naturally reattach to your teeth. Patients who have undergone this procedure have seen significant improvements in their overall oral health.
Bone loss is common in patients with advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. Tooth loss or periodontal pockets because of bone regression are the main causes of jaw bone loss. Bone grafting surgery can rebuild jaw bone tissue and seal-off pockets in the jaw where bacteria can grow.
This surgery can also help replace missing teeth, repair fractures, restore normal facial structure, and even prevent oral cancer. Bone surgery is an essential tool for restoring the health of your mouth and ensuring long-term success with dental health.
Soft tissue grafts
Gum recession is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss and an increased risk of advanced periodontal disease. Soft tissue grafting is a procedure that can help rebuild the gums and restore them to their original shape.
We may recommend this procedure for patients with advanced gum inflammation and periodontitis who have experienced gum recession. It is a safe and effective treatment. The procedure can help restore the health of your mouth, prevent further damage, and improve your oral health.
Pocket reduction is an effective oral surgery procedure for gum issues. It can help reduce the size of large periodontal pockets because of the spread of bacteria in your gum tissue. It involves removing tartar and plaque buildup from around the tooth. Then reshaping and smoothing out any rough edges of the pocket to prevent further bacterial growth.
After a thorough oral exam and periodontal charting, our periodontist or dental hygienist will decide how much to reduce.
Guided tissue restoration
Guided tissue restoration is a periodontal therapy that helps to stimulate the natural regrowth of gum and bone tissue. Our periodontist will create a barrier between the healthy gum tissue and the infected area. This will allow new healthy tissue to grow in its place.
This process can help reduce inflammation, improve oral hygiene, and restore lost gum and bone structure. We can also treat other conditions such as tooth loss or recession of the gums using guided tissue regeneration.