In many cases, natural teeth can be kept for life by using good oral hygiene and having regular oral examinations and professional cleanings. It is important to care for the bone supporting the teeth and the gums as well. Gum disease can damage the supporting tissues and cause numerous problems. This is the reason dental professionals look for early signs of disease. If there are issues, perio therapy may be recommended.
There are different forms of periodontal or perio therapy. The goal is always the same — to bring diseased tissues back to health. Gum disease spreads from gums to bone and often causes you to lose teeth. This can be prevented with deep cleanings to remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth and underneath your gum line. Lost bone and gum tissue can be repaired surgically. There are both non-surgical and surgical techniques to restore health to your bone and gums and help prevent tooth loss.
The Types of Perio Therapy
The first perio therapy techniques are root planing and scaling. These are the first step towards controlling gum disease. Tartar and plaque are removed from under the gum tissues. When gum tissues have been lost, gum grafting may be necessary to protect the roots of the teeth. Healthy gum tissues from the mouth are used in the area where they are needed. This is also done with processed donor tissue from a lab.
Periodontal plastic surgery involves a procedure to reshape in order to give your gum tissues a more pleasing appearance. Periodontal laser treatments are a good option when compared to conventional surgery. There is less gum shrinkage and discomfort involved. Crown lengthening surgery is performed when there are areas of bone and gum tissues that must be exposed. This is often done for cosmetic reasons such as making the smile less gummy or making it appear the teeth are longer. This procedure is also used for the placement of a dental crown.
Titanium dental implants have become an extremely popular method for replacing teeth. The implant is placed into the jawbone and underneath the gum line prior to being attached to a dental crown during this surgical procedure. The crown can be seen above the gum line and looks exactly like a natural tooth. The main cause of periodontal disease is dental plaque. It is extremely important to remove this plaque through daily flossing and brushing. Do not scrub your teeth because this can cause your gums to recede. A dental professional will be happy to show you the right technique.
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There are areas you will not be able to reach by flossing and brushing your teeth. This makes regular professional cleanings and dental examinations imperative for detecting the early stages of gum disease. Eating a diet low in sugar and high in nutrition and avoiding tobacco products will also help you keep your teeth for life. If you are interested in perio therapy, please feel free to reach out and make an appointment with Brevard Smiles! At our convenient locations in Indian Harbour Beach and Viera/Rockledge, our caring and devoted professionals will be happy to explain this process in greater detail and answer all your questions. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!