There are two periodontally related conditions that we treat commonly in our office: periodontal disease and gum recession.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory disease attacks the gums, bone, and other supporting structures of the teeth.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque. If not removed daily, plaque hardens to form calculus (tartar) around the necks of the teeth. This calculus can deepen the space between the gum and tooth (pocket) making it more difficult to remove plaque buildup.
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. This is one reason why regular dental checkups and examinations are necessary. There are several signs that can signal a beginning problem with periodontal disease including bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, and extreme sensitivity.
Treating periodontal disease can vary depending on how far the condition has progressed. The first step is a deep cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth. In some cases when the pockets have become too deep or do not properly heal, periodontal surgery may be necessary to reduce the pocket depth.
Gum recession is not only unaesthetic, but may also lead to tooth loss. It can be easily treated with a gingival graft.
Our staff periodontist can answer any question you have pertaining to this procedure or other related periodontal conditions.