If you are noticing symptoms like red, swollen, or bleeding gums, contact our office, at Dental Home in Bluffton, South Carolina, right away for a periodontal screening. Our trained dentist can diagnose your condition in-house and provide preliminary treatment for an early-stage periodontal disease.
Scaling and Root Planing Treatment
Scaling and root planing is one of the most common non-surgical treatments for periodontal disease. Scaling removes debris and bacteria from the crown and root surface of your teeth, including plaque, tartar, and calculus. Planning involves the scaling of the tooth and soft tissue below the gum line. This stops gum disease in its tracks, preventing it from spreading any further.
Dental Crown Lengthening
When your teeth appear too short, it may be because too much gum covers your teeth. This is often called a “gummy smile.” At Dental Home located in Bluffton, SC, we can correct your gummy smile with a procedure known as crown lengthening. In this periodontal surgery, the excess gum tissue is removed and bone tissue is reshaped to give your smile a more pleasing, natural appearance.
Gum Graft Surgery
Receding gums can expose your tooth root, making your tooth too long, and more sensitive to hot and cold food. A gum graft includes tissue from your palate or donated tissue, which is used to cover your tooth root and evens out your gum line. Gum grafts give your smile a more natural appearance and protect against sensitivity and bacterial infections.
At Dental Home, we perform many different types of gum surgery. One type of treating gum disease is called gingival flap surgery. If you’re scheduled to have gingival flap surgery, here’s what to expect during the surgery: the doctor will fold the gums back to form a flap in order to access the tissue below the gum. The infected tissue is removed and then followed with a tooth scaling and root planing procedure to remove plaque and bacteria below the gum line.
Laser surgery uses a beam of intense light to correct your dental problems. A dental laser removes bacteria and infection and cleans the area in preparation for the restoration. The procedure is done in less time and with less irritation than a dental drill. Laser surgery often means less discomfort, an easier recovery, and fewer or shorter appointments than most conventional dental treatments.
If gum disease goes untreated, deeper pockets form around your teeth. These deep pockets give bacteria more room to grow, which leads to the breaking down of tissues and bone. With advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, surgery is usually the best option according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Pocket reduction involves folding back your gum tissue and removing the bacteria lodged at your tooth roots. The dentist will smooth the irregular surface of the damaged bone to prevent infection and to give it a chance for the gum tissue to reattach itself. Once pocket reduction is completed, gums are secured back into place.
If you need periodontal treatment, call Dental Home at (843) 474-8919 for an appointment.