Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is incredibly common among adults. Researchers believe that up to 80% of the adult population will develop gum disease at one point or another. Advanced periodontal disease wreaks havoc on a patient’s health and without treatment, the condition will ultimately destroy oral tissues and lead to tooth loss. A number of environmental factors and conditions contribute to periodontal disease including inadequate oral hygiene, genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and lifestyle habits such as tobacco use.
When periodontal disease is detected, it requires professional treatments to prevent the condition from advancing. Dr. Prada and our team offer periodontal therapies to combat the disastrous effects of gum disease.
Deep Periodontal Cleanings
Since periodontal disease involves a systemic and chronic infection of the gum tissue, deep cleanings are necessary to manage the disease. By accessing the innermost areas of the gums, our dental hygienists will remove infected tissue with thorough cleaning techniques. Deep periodontal prophylaxis, also called root scaling and planing, focuses on cleaning between the teeth and along and under the gum line. If left untreated, tartar buildup along and below the gum line can cause the gums to pull away from teeth and compromises their support.
One in every two adults age 30 and older suffer from periodontal disease.
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Root scaling and planing typically causes little discomfort because anesthetic medicine is administered. If patients maintain proper oral hygiene after their treatment, periodontal disease will likely stop progressing. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day—especially before bedtime and floss daily. Our dental hygienists are happy to provide oral hygiene education to assist our patients in developing healthy hygiene habits. Regular dental cleanings and checkups are also very important to catching gum disease as soon as possible so that treatments are more effective.
To schedule an examination with Dr. Prada or a professional cleaning, contact our practice today: (972) 412-0014.
Receding gums and how to treat them
Gum recession is one of the most noticeable results of periodontal disease (gum disease) and is the movement of the gum line down the root of a tooth. Recession can be limited to one tooth or many and symptoms vary from none at all to root sensitivity, inflammation of the tissues, root exposure, cavities, or esthetic concerns. It’s important to have gum recession repaired because gum tissue is the primary barrier to bacteria. Without adequate gum tissue around the teeth, bacteria can cause gum disease, bone and gum deterioration, and even tooth loss. It is a common dental problem that often goes unnoticed until it becomes more severe.
Many people don’t even notice that their gums have receded since it is a gradual process. However, over time, an exposed tooth root can not only look ugly, can cause tooth sensitivity, and is a trap for bacteria that can cause cavities. Gum recession, if not treated, can cause tooth loss. To repair the damage and prevent further dental problems, a gum tissue graft may be needed.
Will It Hurt?
Gum surgery sounds worse than it is. Dr. Prada’s treatments make recovery much easier. Even in the most severe cases, the discomfort after surgery is mild. And don’t worry, our office will call you to make sure you are healing fine during the recovery process.
Connective-tissue grafts are the most common form of gum grafts. Tissue grafts are used to treat root exposure around one or more teeth. Depending on the severity of the recession and tissue lost, Dr.Prada will recommend the treatment that will allow for healthier and longer lasting results. The new techniques and treatments that Dr. Prada specializes are predictable and usually only minor recovery is needed. Many patients will not need stitches, or tissue from the palate. This means you can go back to normal activities within a day or two . Over time the attached tissue will grow together with the gum tissue already there and form a higher gum line around the tooth.