There is no lack of studies verifying how periodontal (gum) disease affects overall health. As medical and dental communities continue to combine their data, undoubtedly more links will become uncovered. Currently, researchers have identified connections between gum disease and the following health problems:
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
There are even studies that show preliminary links between gum disease and lifespan longevity. Considering the above, it only makes sense to prevent or treat gum disease quickly. Desert Dental Group provides periodontal treatments for all patients who may require them.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease begins very subtly and goes unnoticed (which is why it is important to stay current with annual dental exams). However, after some time some of the more prominent symptoms of gum disease begin to show themselves. Some of these signs include:
- Bloody gums (especially when brushing, flossing, or after eating)
- Changes in how your dental appliance or work feels
- Clear or cloudy discharges when gums are pressed
- Gum discoloration
- Gums that are loose around teeth (gums should be tight around teeth)
- Loose teeth
- Sores in the mouth or gums
- Swelling of the gums and surrounding tissues
Understanding Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is the cultivation and damage resulting from bad bacteria living at and under the gum line. Over time these bacteria disrupt the normal function of gums by infecting gum tissues. As the infection increases, gums detach from teeth creating a variety of problems. One key issue is the creation of deep pockets between teeth and gums which results in more plaque and tartar buildup under the gum line.
Some of the services we use to treat periodontic dental issues are among the following:
This is a procedure where the dentist contours and smooths the jawbone for best dental outcomes. Whenever this procedure is recommended, we’ve identified a need to:
- Prepare the patient for a type of denture construction, or
- To correct the jawbone after tooth loss or extraction
Alveoloplasties improve patient procedure stability and comfort.
Gum Disease Therapy
Treating gum disease (or periodontal disease) requires time and meticulous care. Hence, we called the treatment ‘therapy’ because it will involve several steps. A beginning step is scaling and planing. This step removes buildup on teeth, particularly that which has built up below the visible surface of the gums. Another step may involve medications that will minimize infection and improve gum healing.
Gummy Smile Surgery
Some patients dislike the look of their smile due to too much of their gums showing. This can be adjusted by a surgical method that lowers the upper lip when you smile. We’ve used this method to help patients have an even exposure of their teeth when they smile. This also brings a balance to one’s facial structure without having plastic surgery.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Patients that are having issues with periodontal disease and have already had root and scaling procedures before may benefit greatly from pocket reduction surgery. When root and scaling does not reduce the depth of gum pockets, a more concerted treatment is required to keep gums and teeth healthy.
Patients that face specialized dental issues can benefit from procedures that build gum and bone material. Regenerative surgeries involve a variety of surgical and technical procedures that collectively improve damaged dental areas. Each surgery is specific to the needs of the patient; therefore, every treatment plan will be unique.
Modern dentistry, like medicine, uses lasers to improve the effectiveness of procedures, patient comfort, and healing speed. Dental lasers are useful for treating gum disease, tooth decay, and a variety of other periodontal treatments. Our team is giving continuous training about the safety and maintenance of every dental laser we use.
Treating Periodontal Disease
There are a variety of ways to treat gum disease, and emerging methods are continuing the arise. At Desert Dental Groups, our team keeps up with the latest effective strategies to treat gum disease. Since periodontal disease requires time to rectify, our treatment plan combines to form a therapy that works towards complete oral restoration. There are no gum disease cases that are exactly the same. Therefore, we will create a customized therapy for your situation.