Periodontal Disease

Periodontics – Total Family Dental Group 

Although your teeth are the main indicators of a health smile, your gums are just as important and must be taken care of. At Total Family Dental Group, our periodontist Dr. James Mata provides gum disease treatment options as well as tooth replacement options such as dental implants. We focus on helping our patients sustain and enhance the health of their gums through deep cleanings as well as recommend procedures for severe problems.

Gum Disease

Due to a buildup of tartar and plaque below and at the gum line, the disease can progress in three major stages:

Gingivitis – Characterized by gum inflammation and bleeding when brushing or flossing, gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. This can be treated with an updated at-home oral care regimen and visiting the dentist for cleanings. 

Periodontitis – When plaque and tartar buildup goes untreated, this can lead to the formation of deep periodontal pockets, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. 

Advanced Periodontitis – Considered the most severe form of gum disease, periodontitis occurs when the bacteria attack connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place, causing the patient to lose their teeth. 

Gum disease affects not only dentition, but can leave a lasting impact on other parts of the body. Recent studies have found that periodontal disease is linked to an increased risk of elevated blood sugar in patients with diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, and other health conditions. It may increase the risk of a low birth weight, and other complications to the unborn child, if you are expecting. 

Gum Disease Treatments

Depending on the severity and stage of gum disease, there are various treatment options available at Total Family Dental Group.  However, the first line of defense to combat gum disease is a well-practiced at home oral care routine. Flossing your teeth once a day can remove any buildup of plaque from below the gum line. 

In addition to visiting your dentist twice a year, we offer deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, to completely remove debris and bacteria that has accumulated and cannot be removed with basic cleaning. As one of the most effective ways in treating mild to moderate gum disease, these treatments target specifically the gums and tooth roots without the need for surgery. With consistent visits to our periodontist for treatment, your gum disease can be treated and stopped so that your gums return to their natural pink color.

In cases of advanced gum disease, surgical treatments such as bone and tissue grafts, can help regenerate bone or gum tissue that was lost to periodontitis. For patients who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, our periodontist offers dental implants to restore the missing teeth in your smile, and create a natural-looking replacement that is permanently secured to your smile. 

At Total Family Dental Group, we provide comprehensive dental treatments that sustain the health of your smile. Gum disease can be easily treated if caught early, contact our dental practice today to schedule your next visit. 

 

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