Despite all the attention that cavities usually get, gum disease is actually the most common dental problem in the US, affecting more than 50% of the adult population. This infection attacks not only the gums, but the supporting bone underneath them as well, which can lead to redness, sensitivity, and ultimately tooth loss. Fortunately, at Infinity Dental Care, our team is ready to protect more than just your teeth. Using regular screenings and targeted therapies, we can make sure your smile’s foundation stays perfectly healthy year after year.
Periodontal disease (better known as gum disease) is a bacterial infection that develops due to an accumulation of plaque and tartar along the gum line, and it’s usually the result of a lack of consistent oral hygiene. This causes the soft tissues within the mouth to become inflamed and bleed easily, and it can also lead to chronic bad breath. Left untreated, it will eventually start to break down the oral tissues, leading to gum recession and loose teeth. Gum disease is actually the number one cause of tooth loss around the world, which is why we check for it whenever a patient comes to see us!
When periodontal disease is caught early, it can usually be treated using a scaling and root planing treatment, which is like a regular dental cleaning, except it is solely focused on the gum line and roots of the teeth. First, any plaque and tartar deposits are removed from along the gum line using an ultrasonic scaler, and then the rough surfaces of the teeth’s roots are gently smoothed out. This will make plaque less likely to gather around the gums in the future, lowering a patient’s chances of redeveloping periodontal disease.
After an initial periodontal treatment, a patient will receive ongoing care to ensure the harmful bacteria doesn’t have a chance to come back and cause further damage. Periodontal maintenance is a regimen in which a patient comes in for regular checkups and cleanings once every three to four months as opposed to every six. This enables our team to keep a closer eye on someone’s oral health and catch an infection as soon as possible.
Gum recession is a common symptom of periodontal disease in which the soft tissues of the mouth pull away from the teeth to expose the roots. The enamel around the roots is much thinner compared to the crowns, making it easier for them to develop decay that can lead to tooth loss. With a gum graft, however, we can use tissue harvested from a patient’s own mouth to restore their normal gum line, protecting their oral health while improving the look of their smile at the same time.