Periodontics is a special subcategory of dentistry that focuses on the structures that support the teeth, most notably a person’s gums and mouth bones. Today, millions of people are affected by periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. This condition is characterized by infection and inflammation of an individual’s gums. If the condition is left untreated, it can eventually spread to the jawbone and the connective tissue of teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss.
At Bosler Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, our experts understand the seriousness of gum disease. That is why we strongly urge patients to seek treatment for the condition as quickly as possible. Our practice offers several different treatment options for gum disease that are specifically designed to restore the function and appearance of a person’s teeth and gums. By seeking treatment early, the road to oral health will be made much easier.
Gum Graft Surgery
As gum disease progresses, the gums will start to retract from the teeth, causing a receding gum line. When this occurs, it results in an unsightly appearance and can lead to serious damage. A receding gum line exposes the roots of a person’s teeth, making dangerous oral infections a major risk. To address this problem, a gum graft surgery can be conducted in order to cover the exposed roots. The treatment consists of harvesting tissue from a separate area of the mouth and using this tissue to cover the person’s exposed tooth roots. Not only does this treatment help to prevent infections, it also works to restore the appearance of the gums.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment method for gum disease that works to remove the heavily accumulated tartar, toxins and plaque from above and below a person’s gum line. The dentist makes use of specialized dental tools that are designed to access areas deep within the mouth that are otherwise impossible to reach. After the undesired buildups have been eliminated, we prevent future accumulations by smoothing out the rough spots found on the root surfaces. Overall, the procedure is highly effective in managing gum disease and preventing tooth loss.
When gum disease is allowed to reach a severe level, certain surgical procedures may be used to provide a patient with a more thorough cleaning that is not possible with standard scaling and root planing. These procedures involve cutting into a person’s gum line and removing the heavily accumulated plaque, tartar and toxins. Afterwards, a gum graft will be used to cover up the exposed tooth roots.
If gum disease is allowed to spread to a person’s jawbone, it may be necessary to conduct a bone grafting procedure in order to restore the bone to proper health. This type of treatment uses artificial bone material and special proteins to regenerate and heal a deteriorated jawbone. In many cases, the procedure is provided for patients who have experienced tooth loss and require a strong jawbone to support dental implants.
Dr. Bosler has been named the best dentist in Solano County, California for seven years running! If you would like to learn more about the available treatment options for gum disease, please call our practice at (707) 244-1164 to schedule an appointment.