Gum disease is one of the most common oral diseases out there. Causing red, inflamed, and tender gums, gum disease can easily be treated. If, however, it is left untreated, it can turn into a more advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis. Affecting more than half of American adults over the age of 30, Periodontitis can cause tooth loss if left untreated. So, how can you take care of your periodontitis? Read on to learn more.
Step 1: Scaling and Root Planing
As the first step in getting rid of your periodontitis, our dentists here at Centennial Dental Center will perform a non-invasive procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the excessive plaque and tartar build-up will be removed from your teeth and then any roughness of your roots will be smoothed away to prevent the tartar from coming back.
Step 2: Pocket Reduction Surgery
If for some reason, scaling and root planing doesn’t turn out as planned, our dentists will perform a pocket reduction surgery. By creating a small flap in the gums, a pocket reduction procedure involves removing infectious bacteria from the gums to help in the healing process.
Step 3: Gum Grafts
If your roots have become exposed due to the advanced stages of periodontitis, then a gum grafting procedure may come into play. During this procedure, a portion of your gums will be removed from a healthy part of your mouth and will be surgically implanted on top of your infected gums— giving them protection from further decay in the process.
Step 4: Bone Grafting
If you have lost bone mass because of your periodontitis, then a bone grafting procedure may be required. By implanting a synthetic bone in the area where you lost mass, this procedure will help restore your jaw and ability to function.
Depending on how advanced your periodontitis is, we have a variety of treatment options we can perform. To learn more about periodontitis or to schedule an examination, contact Centennial Dental Center today!