Our main goal at Today’s Dental is to assist our patients in maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile through preventative and restorative dental procedures. At Today’s Dental, we understand that your teeth are only as healthy as the surrounding tissues that hold them: your gums. Your gum tissues help hold your teeth in place and prevent them from falling out. If you fail to take care of your teeth with at-home oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist, it is possible to develop periodontal disease. 

 

We encourage you to continue reading to learn more about what periodontal disease is and what treatment opportunities we offer. 

 

Periodontal Disease 

 

Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues caused by the build-up of plaque along the gumline. The beginning stages of periodontal disease is commonly referred to as gingivitis. With gingivitis, the infection is still reversible and can be controlled with help from dental professionals. 

 

With gingivitis, the plaque has built up but has not yet hardened making it easier to remove. The plaque starts to irritate the gum line, causing gum tissues to swell and even  bleed. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment for a cleaning so the plaque can be removed. 

 

In the later stages of periodontal disease, the plaque along the gum line starts to harden, forming calculus and spreading the infection under the gumline. Gum tissue can start to recede significantly, causing the gums to detach themselves from the teeth, which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is more commonly found in patients who neglect at-home oral care and routine cleanings. In this later stage, more serious measures need to be taken to treat the disease. 

 

Therapy

 

There are multiple different types of therapy to help rid your mouth of gum disease and restore your smile. At Today’s Dental we take periodontal therapy very seriously and understand the damage the disease can cause to your overall health. Each of the periodontal therapy treatments available are listed below. 

 

Scaling: 

A dental scaler is a sharp, hooked, handheld dental instrument that dentists and hygienists are qualified to use to remove the calculus (hardened plaque) from your teeth. Calculus forms right above the gum line and slightly below the gums, and is removed completely during your treatment. 

 

Root Planing: 

When plaque is not removed, it continues to spread underneath the gum line and down the roots of the teeth. Root planing is much like scaling, but also consists of the removal of all calculus formed onto the root. Root planing promotes healing and reattachment of the gum tissues onto the roots of your teeth. 

 

Gum Grafting: 

For areas where periodontal disease has started to deteriorate gum tissue, a gum graft will be performed to promote healing and keep your teeth stable. In the gum grafting procedure, we remove a portion of healthy gum tissue from another area in the mouth and place it on the exposed areas. We then use sutures to tighten the new gum tissue around the tooth and keep it in place as it heals. 

 

Tooth Restoration: 

Serious cases of periodontal disease can cause tooth loss. In these cases we offer restorative procedures such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures. 

 

Periodontal disease is dangerous to both your oral and bodily health. If you believe your gums may be suffering from infection, please call our office located in Livingstone, Texas today to schedule an appointment.