Gum Disease Treatment
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to rush support to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. The inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing. Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, like gum disease, treatment can be a little more complicated.
When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away. If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Judith Lubin how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Dental Wellness Team.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Lubin offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure performed by Dr. Lubin. This procedure is commonly used to treat gum recession. Once completed, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, restoring a healthier smile. Benefits include reduced sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of preparation for the final crown restoration of a tooth. If necessary, Dr. Lubin will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize the dental crown.
Pocket Reduction Procedures
Pocket reduction commonly refers to a series of surgeries performed to give Dr. Lubin access to the roots of your teeth in order to remove tartar and bacteria. These pocket reduction procedures are an important step in preventing the progression of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Dental Wellness Team every six months for your routine cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning, called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Lubin performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Root Surface debridement (RSD) refers to a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Lubin uses root surface debridement to remove these deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
If periodontal disease has affected your mouth, your jawbone may be too weak to support a dental implant you need. In cases like this, Dr. Lubin will often recommend natural bone regeneration (also known as bone grafting) to promote healthy bone growth and strengthen your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone can regain enough bone mass to support a dental implant.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. If you are healthy and don’t have any oral health complications, Dr. Lubin will likely recommend endosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are usually shaped like cylinders, blades or screws and are surgically implanted directly into your jawbone. Dr. Lubin will use local anesthesia to numb the designated area of your mouth before placing the implant. The implant is then left to fuse to your jawbone, which usually takes 3-6 months, before your prosthetic tooth is attached.
Subperiosteal Dental Implants
A dental implant is a safe, permanent tooth replacement alternative to dental bridges or dentures. Subperiosteal implants are used when patients aren’t a candidate for endosteal implants. If you have a weak or shallow jawbone, you may need this type of implant.
Subperiosteal implants fit over the jawbone and are implanted just below the gum tissue, fusing to the bone over time. This fused frame acts as an anchor for your prosthetic tooth the same way that the cylinder of an endosteal implant does.
Concerned about the effect gum disease like gingivitis can have on your smile? Call our Coral Springs dental practice today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lubin.
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