If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you’ll most likely need to see a periodontist. They specialize in treating periodontitis, a gum infection that breaks down soft tissue and bone and leads to tooth loss.
To preserve your oral health, your doctor will recommend periodontal therapy. Below, we will look at several common procedures and their benefits.
What is periodontal therapy?
Periodontal therapy consists of non-surgical and surgical treatments for gum disease that restore your gum and bone health.
Scaling and Planing
Scaling and planing is the least invasive procedure and a common treatment method for the early stages of periodontitis. It cleans out the bacteria underneath the gum tissue.
Periodontal Laser Treatment
A laser is used to remove infected gum tissue. This procedure is less painful than regular surgery and reduces gum shrinkage.
If the roots of your teeth are exposed, your doctor may take healthy gum tissue from another area of your mouth and use it to cover up the unprotected teeth.
Crown Lengthening Surgery
Some people have gums that extend too far down on their teeth and get in the way of a crown. In crown lengthening surgery, the gums are pushed back and reshaped to give an attractive smile and make dental procedures easier.
Benefits of Periodontal Therapy
Prevent tooth loss
Because periodontitis weakens gum and bone tissue, tooth loss is a major concern. By getting treatment early, you can prevent serious damage and keep your natural teeth.
Prevent bad breath
Continual bad breath, called halitosis, can be inconvenient and embarrassing. It’s also a common sign of gum disease. Removing the built-up bacteria will automatically give you fresh breath.
Improve overall health
If bacteria invades your body, it can wreak havoc on your immune system and lead to more serious health conditions. Reducing or eliminating extra bacteria keeps your body healthy and strong.
Unhealthy gums can be sore and painful while flossing and brushing, which can make you hesitant to give your teeth the proper care and thereby worsen your condition.
Improve your smile
A beautiful smile doesn’t come solely from bright, white teeth. Healthy, vibrant gums frame your teeth and make your smile picture-perfect.
Periodontal therapy is an effective weapon against the ravages of gum disease. Whether you need non-surgical treatments or more aggressive procedures, a periodontist can recommend what will work best for you. By removing the infection, both your oral and overall health will improve.