Successful Treatments for Advanced Periodontal Disease
- Regenerative Procedures
- Periodontal Maintenance
- Gum Grafts
Did you know that advanced Periodontitis affects almost half of the Americans who are above 30? It has been observed that if advanced Periodontitis is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. However, with advanced treatments, the condition should not reach to the situation where you lose your tooth.
Gingivitis to Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and it happens when the plaque doesn’t get removed from your teeth for a longer time. Bleeding, redness and swollen gums are a sign of gingivitis. However, it’s the first stage of gum disease which can be reversed with oral hygiene routine such as brushing and flossing and professional cleaning of plaque with dentist. When left untreated, gingivitis graduates to Periodontitis which can become advanced Periodontitis.
The first treatment for Periodontitis is scaling and root planning which is done by the dentist where he removes plaque off your teeth and root surfaces by scaling. It’s followed by smoothing away the roughness on roots from preventing the bacteria from gathering.
Pocket Reduction Procedure
Once the scaling and root planning is done, if the gum tissue fails to fit around the tooth, you may need a Pocket reduction procedure or a flap surgery. The Periodontist will fold back the gum tissue for removal of infectious bacteria to smooth up the damaged bone area enabling the gum tissues to attach to the healthy bone.
The roots which get exposed due to gum recession can be covered again with gum grafting. The gum tissue is taken from another source for covering the roots of teeth. It will help in reducing sensitivity and protect the roots from decaying and bone loss.
Bone grafting is a surgery performed for promoting the growth of impacted bone due to periodontal disease. In the procedure, bacteria will be removed followed by placing synthetic or natural bone in the location of bone loss.
After the treatment for advanced Periodontitis, it’s imperative to have a diligent oral care routine to prevent the disease from appearing again.