Periodontics & Treatment in Beverly Hills, MI
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, occurs when a bacterial infection gets below your gum line. The same harmful bacteria that cause cavities can wreak havoc on your oral health from inside of your gums.
Gum disease is, like cavities and tooth decay, fairly common. Treatment is also simple, so you don’t have to worry about large invasive procedures unless your gum disease has been allowed to progress for a long amount of time.
Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Anyone can develop gum disease, but there are some factors that can put you at a greater risk of periodontitis. These include:
- Medications that reduce saliva production
- Health conditions (such as AIDS and cancer)
- Genetic susceptibility
Gum Disease Treatment
Treatment for gum disease, especially if it hasn’t progressed for too long, is simple. There are several options available, so the treatment option that suits you best can be selected.
Also known as scaling and root planing, deep cleanings can clear out the infection from your gums and make it more likely for your roots to heal.
The first part of the procedure, scaling, removes calculus and plaque from your tooth surfaces. It’s especially focused on removing these substances from below the gum line, where it’s more difficult to clean. We use a special tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool.
After scaling, root planing will be performed. This involves smoothing out the surface of your tooth roots to make it harder for bacteria to adhere to the surface.
Soft Tissue Grafting
If your gums have receded a significant amount, you may need soft tissue grafting in order to cover your tooth roots and protect your gums. This involves taking soft tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and placing it where it’s needed.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
Instead of soft tissue grafting, sometimes a less invasive technique called pinhole surgery can be performed. This involves taking a tiny needle and creating a minuscule hole through which special tools can be used to extend your gums back to where they should be.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is most often caused by a lack of proper oral hygiene, resulting in a buildup of plaque.
What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontitis and is easily treatable through daily oral hygiene practice. Periodontitis usually requires professional treatment to recover from.
What if I leave my gum disease untreated?
If left untreated, gum disease can progress into serious health conditions. An abscessed tooth is very dangerous and painful, and you can also lose all of your teeth.
What’s the best mouthwash to prevent gum disease?
When paired with regular oral hygiene and routine dental visits, most antimicrobial mouthwashes can help to prevent gum disease. At your appointment, Dr. Winter may be able to recommend a specific mouthwash for you.
We Can Help With Periodontal Disease
You don’t need to suffer through treatment. We offer dental sedation so you can be comfortable during your periodontal cleaning or procedure.
To learn more, contact our office by calling 248-642-3800. You can also fill out our convenient online contact form and we’ll get right back to you.