Periodontitis or gum disease is an infection that damages your soft tissues (gums) and bone supporting the teeth. Taking good care of your oral health isn’t restricted to teeth, but gums too. Without treating your gum disease, you may slowly and progressively lose the alveolar bone around your teeth.
There are many reasons you may have gum disease. The inflammation around teeth is caused when microorganisms such as bacteria stick to the surface of your teeth and gum pockets. When you don’t follow proper oral care, they multiply and attack your teeth and gums. As your immune system reacts and releases toxins, it leads to inflammation. Another factor that leads to periodontal disease includes the accumulation of plaque on the surface of your teeth. When plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar or calculus.
When you do not treat gum disease on time, it may lead to tooth loss. Not only this, the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other health issues also increases.
What are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?
- Bright red or purple gums
- Swollen or inflamed gums
- Continuous swelling in your gums
- Receding gum line, making your teeth look longer
- Extra space between your teeth
- Accumulation of pus between your teeth and gum line
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing the teeth
- Bad breath
- Loose Teeth
What Does Periodontal Treatment Include?
- Dental Cleaning
Dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, thus restoring your periodontal health. During the procedure, we will carry out two steps, scaling and root planing. We may use a hand-held tool or ultrasonic device to break the plaque and calculus. Afterward, root planing is performed to smoothen rough areas on the roots of your teeth. Depending upon the severity of accumulation, the procedure may take one or two visits.
- Flap Surgery
We perform flap surgery if the gum disease has advanced into a severe issue. It removes calculus in your deep pockets. Under the surgery, we lift your gums back and then remove the tartar. We will suture the gums into place and fit closely to your teeth.
- Bone and Tissue Graft Surgery
Bone and tissue grafting helps regenerate your bone and gums tissues that have been affected because of gum disease. The procedure involves placing new natural or synthetic bone, thus promoting its growth. Guided tissue regeneration uses barrier membranes to assist the growth of gum and bone tissues at the site of the surgery.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Zane Dental, call (763) 561-1200 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Brooklyn Park MN at 7340 Zane Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.