Periodontics is a sub-field of dentistry that focuses on the supporting structures of a person’s teeth including gums and mouth bones. Periodontics has seen huge growth due to the prevalence of periodontitis, a condition also known as gum disease.
When an individual’s gums become irritated due to heavy exposure to toxins and plaque, it may cause their gums to develop periodontitis. This can be recognized by the gums appearing swollen and slightly darkened in color. As periodontitis progresses, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth, creating empty spaces known as periodontal pockets. These voids can become infested with tartar, bacteria and plaque, thereby helping the condition to spread more easily throughout the rest of the mouth. If the gum disease is able to reach the jawbone and the connective tissues of the teeth, it is likely that tooth loss will occur at some point.
At Thomas & Thomas Dental, we know how serious gum disease can be. That is why we strongly encourage our patients to seek treatment for the condition as early as possible. Our practice offers a wide variety of treatment options that work to restore the health and appearance of a person’s gums and prevent periodontitis from reoccurring. After receiving treatment for periodontitis, you will be able to enjoy a rejuvenated, more pleasing gum line and overall improved dental health.
Gum Graft Surgery
One common symptom of periodontitis is a gum line that has retracted from the teeth. This results in a receding gum line that creates an unsightly appearance, while also dangerously exposing the tooth roots. A gum graft surgery may be used to fix this problem. This procedure involves harvesting oral tissue from another area of the mouth and then using it to cover up the exposed roots. This not only restores the appearance of one’s gums, but it also prevents harmful infections from occurring later.
Gum Disease Treatment
Individuals who are suffering from gum disease should seek treatment as quickly as possible in order to prevent the condition from spreading. If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to further issues such as inflamed gum tissue, receding gum lines, jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. The experts at Thomas & Thomas Dental work hard to put a stop to gum disease using treatment methods such as professional teeth cleanings, scaling and root planing and laser treatments. The earlier you seek treatment, the better chance we have of stopping your gum disease and restoring your oral health.
Periodontal laser treatments utilize a specialized dental laser that is able to access and remove any swollen gum tissue that is present around a tooth’s root. Once the inflamed tissue has been removed, we scrape away any plaque that is present, and we smooth out rough spots to prevent future infections from occurring. After providing laser treatment, the patient’s gum line will start to regenerate, with the long-term goal of having it reattach itself to the teeth. Laser treatments are preferred by many of our patients for the treatment of periodontitis because of its reduced pain and shorter recovery times than other forms of gum disease treatment.
Dental Crown Lengthening
When a person’s gums become inflamed and swollen, it often results in an unattractive, “gummy” smile. This problem can be fixed using a procedure known as dental crown lengthening. The process involves removing and reshaping any excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the patient’s natural teeth. This will restore the look of their smile, while also allowing our experts to access the areas below a person’s gum line so that any damage can be repaired.
Scaling and Root Planing
A highly effective and non-surgical treatment for gum disease, scaling and root planing work to remove the excessive buildup of plaque, tartar and toxins that have accumulated above and below the gum line.
Scaling involves using special dental tools to access and remove plaque from the deep spaces within a person’s mouth that cannot be normally reached with brushing and flossing. Next, root planing is conducted in order to smooth out rough spots on the root surfaces to help prevent future build-ups from occurring. Together, scaling and root planing are very helpful for putting a stop to periodontitis, preventing the condition from reoccurring and helping the gums become fully healed.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation
A pinhole gum rejuvenation procedure is an advanced technique that is able to treat a receding gum line without making any incisions. The process involves making very small holes in the gums and then using specialized tools to gently massage the retracted tissue and ease it back into place. This will cover up and protect the patient’s tooth roots and restore the look of their gums. Since no incisions are required for the procedure, pinhole gum rejuvenation offers a quick recovery time, while still making dramatic improvements to the health and appearance of a person’s gums.
If you would like to learn more about any of the periodontal services offered at Thomas & Thomas Dental, please call our office at (602) 598-0338 to schedule an appointment.