Periodontics (Healthy gums)
Maintaining Healthy Gums
At Scripps Center for Dental Care, helping you maintain healthy gums is an essential part of our oral care philosophy. The condition of your mouth is linked with the health of your whole body, and an oral concern can have far-reaching effects. Our comprehensive multi-specialty dental team includes an extensively trained periodontists experienced in the latest techniques for gum treatment. When you arrive for your dental visit, we will examine your mouth for any signs of disease or damage. In the event an issue is detected, we can offer advanced solutions designed to restore the health of your teeth and gums as quickly, comfortably, and safely as possible. These treatments are routinely performed under local anesthetic or mild sedation. Our goal is to prevent problems from developing and to help correct problems that have already developed and prevent further damage, which can help patients keep their teeth for many years.
The following treatments are provided by our board certified periodontist:
- Laser periodontal disease treatment
- Deep cleaning
- Soft tissue grafting (Connective Tissue, Gum Tissue)
- Local Antibiotic spot therapies
- Crown lengthening
- Osseous surgery
- Bone grafting
- Guided tissue regeneration
- Dental implant placement
Oral health is whole health, and our experienced dental professionals are here to help care for your well-being. Contact us today for more information about gum treatment, or to schedule a consultation.
During your regular checkup, we will evaluate the health of your gums by measuring the space between your teeth and gum tissue. This space is called the periodontal pocket and is a naturally occurring space. In most cases, our goal is to have all periodontal measurements of all teeth 3mm or less producing an oral environment which is cleansable and maintainable. If the area is deeper than desired, this is commonly called pocketing. As the exam is being performed, you may hear your dentist or hygienist calling out numbers. One, two, and three millimeters signify good condition; however, four, five and greater indicate a concern. Gum pocketing can occur as a result of gum or periodontal disease, loose teeth, teeth grinding (bruxism), or another problem. In addition to pocketing, our experienced periodontist will also look for any signs of abnormalities such as infection, oral cancer, or trauma. If one is discovered, our dental team can develop a customized treatment plan that provides the best opportunity to restore your gums to health and help prevent the condition from recurring.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Signs of gum disease may be visible to you before you arrive for your regular checkup. If your gums are red, irritated, swollen, or sensitive, or if they bleed after brushing or flossing, these may be symptoms of gum disease. Additionally, if one or more teeth feel loose or your gums appear to be separating from the teeth, there may be a serious concern. If you notice one or more of these indications, we recommend contacting us right away so that we can determine the source of the issue and develop an effective treatment plan.
At Scripps Center for Dental Care, we offer a comprehensive range of advanced gum disease therapies designed to address this condition at every stage. If the concern is still in its earliest phases, we may recommend that you adjust your oral hygiene habits, such as flossing more often or utilizing a softer brushing technique, or modify certain behaviors to help improve your health. For moderate to advanced gum disease, we can perform one or more innovative procedures:
Scaling and Root Planing
For deeper, more comprehensive gum treatment, scaling and root planing can effectively address gum disease. This technique is designed to disinfect the pockets all the way to the tooth roots. Additionally, antibiotics can be directly placed in the area for concentrated treatment. To enhance your comfort during this and other periodontal procedures, we offer a number of patient amenities, as well as sedation dentistry options.
Laser technology can be used to enhance other dental hygiene treatments, including scaling and root planing, and to provide a more comfortable experience. Our state-of-the-art laser equipment quickly and efficiently clears away bacteria from deep within the gums. As with every treatment, your care and comfort are our highest priorities, and we will develop a treatment plan that can optimize your healing and results.
Pocket Reduction and Soft Tissue Graft
In advanced cases, gum disease can eventually lead to bone loss. This effect can lead to deepening gum pockets and more serious concerns. Pocket reduction is a minimally invasive surgical technique that removes infected tissue and helps secure your gum tissue to your teeth. In some cases, soft tissue grafts may be used to replace damaged or missing gum tissue and to restore the health and beauty of your smile.
Would you like to know more? Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation.