Gingivitis, gum disease in its early stages, can be defeated at home by sticking to a routine of brushing and flossing every day. But when gum disease progresses to its advanced stages, periodontitis, you need the help of a dentist that specializes in treating gum disease: a periodontist. Take a look at the things a periodontist can do to help you get gum disease under control.
In the early stages of gum disease, “gingivitis,” the gums start to become irritable and inflamed. That inflammation can lead to the gums looking visibly swollen and can even cause their overgrowth. The inflammation is a byproduct of gum disease. Another serious byproduct is the formation of periodontal pockets, festering bacterial pockets created between the teeth roots and gums.
A gingivectomy is a minor surgery that involves carefully trimming excess and seriously diseased gum tissue to stop the spread of gum disease, eliminate periodontal pockets and make your home dental care efforts more effective.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
In other cases, gum disease doesn’t trigger the overgrowth of gums. It triggers gum recession, in which the gum line recedes and the teeth appear to be longer.
A periodontist offering the Pinhole Surgical Technique® can literally pull receding gums forward, using a hole the size of a pinpoint. It’s a minimally invasive alternative to gum grafting, in which gum is taken from another area of the mouth and grafted along the gum line.
Sometimes, it’s best to hit the reset button. Dental implants do just that for tooth loss and decay.
Supported by titanium rods that are placed in and fused with the jawbone, dental implants deliver reliability and stability that nears that of natural teeth. And with tooth-colored, porcelain teeth atop the dental implants, they’ll look the part too.
With decaying teeth removed and implants placed, you’ll find it takes less effort from you and your dentist to keep your gum disease under control.