At our dental practice, Dr. Charles A. Peter, and our team are pleased to offer gum treatment for our patients who have gum disease in Clearwater, Florida, and the neighboring communities of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, and Safety Harbor, Florida. If gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. While improved oral hygiene can restore gum health when it is in the mild stage, once it advances it is much more difficult to resolve.
Once plaque is allowed to spread below the gum line, the bacteria in plaque causes toxins to release which irritate your gums. These toxins cause the body to respond to constant inflammation as the tissue in the mouth and the bones supporting your teeth break down. If the gums pull back from the teeth, spaces form between your teeth and the gums and become infected. With time, these spaces (or pockets) become deeper as gum tissue and bone is destroyed. If the teeth loosen too much from periodontitis, they may have to be extracted.
There are various treatment methods for periodontitis:
–scaling and root planing—a deep cleaning of the root surfaces, sometimes followed up with antibiotics.
–gum graft surgery, where exposed tooth roots are covered with gum tissue to prevent continued recession and bone loss.
–bone grafts to reverse some of the damage from lost bone and tissue.
–dental crown lengthening to adjust the gum and bone levels to expose more of the natural tooth.
–dental implants to replace a lost tooth or teeth by placing an artificial tooth root into your jaw via a tooth or bridge.
–pocket reduction—this is a procedure done to the pockets, by folding back the gum tissue, removing the bacteria, and securing the tissue.
Whether gum disease is caused by diabetes, genetics, stress, poor diet, or hormonal fluctuations, the key is intervention and early treatment. To preserve your oral health, develop good oral health habits and see Dr. Charles A. Peter and our team regularly. Together we will keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime of smiles! You can reach us today at 727-785-7202.