Periodontal services are designed to improve the health of a person’s gums and reverse the effects of periodontitis, also known as gum disease. This condition initially develops when a person’s gum tissue becomes irritated due to prolonged exposure to bacteria, tartar and plaque. At first, the gum tissue may appear to be darkened and swollen, and it may begin to bleed during brushing and flossing. If this happens, the patient should have the issue checked out as soon as possible, as it will most likely progress into something more serious.
The next phase of periodontitis is to have the gum tissue retract and pull away from the teeth. This creates empty spaces called periodontal pockets. These pockets can become infested with additional bacteria and plaque, thereby allowing the condition to spread throughout the rest of the mouth more easily. The condition will usually continue to spread until it reaches the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth. At that point, tooth loss can follow, and the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Stopping periodontitis before it reaches this point is absolutely crucial. It becomes much more challenging to replace lost teeth and to restore a deteriorated jawbone. Allen Dental Center offers a wide variety of periodontal services that are designed to stop gum disease at all phases. Our experts provide thorough examinations for patients and help them determine which periodontal treatments are truly needed. The following periodontal services are available at our practice:
Scaling and root planing is a time-tested and proven treatment for stopping the spread of periodontitis in its early to moderate stages. The treatment involves reaching the areas deep below the gum line. We use specialized dental equipment to remove any tartar and plaque that is present from these areas so that the gums can begin to heal. From there, we smooth out the root surfaces in order to prevent future buildups from occurring.
If periodontitis progresses far enough, a person can lose one or more of their teeth. At that point, patients often want to receive dental implants to replace the missing teeth. But if the upper jawbone has suffered from some deterioration, the sinuses may get in the way. A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that is designed to access the sinus membrane so that the sinuses can be pushed out of the way. Dental implants can then be installed in the upper jawbone like normal.
As the gum tissue begins to pull away from a person’s teeth, their root surfaces may become exposed. This can appear quite unsightly, and it can put a person at risk for a serious infection. Our experts may recommend gum graft surgery to help overcome this problem. We will harvest gum tissue from a different area of the mouth and use it to cover up the exposed root surfaces. This will restore the patient’s appearance and prevent any infections from occurring.
The purpose of a bone grafting procedure is to restore any bone structure that has experienced sufficient deterioration. Bone loss often occurs if tooth loss is left untreated for an extended period of time. To regenerate the bone structure, we will access the decayed bone and directly apply special proteins and artificial bone-like materials. If given enough time, this will encourage new bone growth, and the structure will begin to recover. This type of treatment is often necessary for severe cases of periodontitis in which the patient has not received periodontal care for many years.
Seek treatment for periodontitis early before extensive treatment is required. Our dedicated team of dental health professionals is ready to help you every step of the way. The sooner you receive treatment, the easier it will be to restore the health of your gums. Please call us at (972) 349-1127 to schedule an appointment.