It is not necessary that as we age, we must lose teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings and oral examinations, we can retain our natural teeth for life. It involves not only taking care of the teeth but also the surrounding structures and gums.
Gum disease is a type of bacterial infection that attacks the supporting tissues. During your regular examinations, your dentist will look out for early signs of gum diseases that patients may not be able to notice. Periodontal therapy may be recommended when signs of trouble become apparent.
Periodontal therapy can be available in various types, but the aim is always to restore diseased tissues to good health. Periodontal disease can often spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth and, in serious cases, may even cause tooth loss. There is a wide range of very effective therapies to fight periodontal diseases, such as scaling and root planing, gum grafting, periodontal laser cleanings, etc.
What are some Periodontal Therapy Procedures?
Periodontal therapy consists of both surgical and non-surgical techniques to restore the health of the tissues that help support the teeth, gums, and bone and prevent tooth loss. They include:
- Scaling and Root Planing:These deep-cleaning treatments offer one of the best measures to control gum disease. By using hand scalers or ultrasonic instruments, the plaque and tartar are removed from underneath the gum tissues.
- Gum Grafting:The lost gum tissue has sometimes to be replaced, so that tooth roots are adequately protected. This can be achieved by taking healthy gum tissue from one part of the mouth and grafting it to where it is required or by making use of donor tissue.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: This surgery is performed to reshape the gum line so as to create a more pleasant appearance of the gum tissues.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment:This treatment involves removing the diseased gum tissue with the help of lasers. This procedure offers major advantages over conventional surgery, such as less gum shrinkage and uneasiness.
- Dental Implants: The latest method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is secured into the jawbone just below the gum line with a minor surgical process. The implant is then attached to a natural-looking dental crown visible above the gum line and cannot be distinguished from a natural tooth.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery:In this surgical procedure, the tooth structure covered by gum and bone tissue may be uncovered either for cosmetic reasons such as making the teeth look longer and the smile less gummy or to assist in securing a new dental crown.
To know more, call us at (936) 564-2439 or schedule an online appointment with our dentists. We will be happy to guide you further.