So you have a little gum disease. Is it really a big deal? Actually it is. Periodontal disease doesn’t just make your gums bleeds. If left untreated, you can experience loss of teeth and jawbone, as well as have issues in other parts of your body like your heart. Fortunately, the area of periodontal disease treatment offers several solutions to your gum problems.
- Deep Cleaning: For patients with gingivitis or mild periodontitis, sometimes all that is necessary to restore their gums to their original health is a deep cleaning. A Deep cleaning is a term used to describe a combination of two other procedures: subgingival scaling and root planing.
- Connective Tissue Grafting: Connective tissue grafting, or gum grafting, is a cosmetic procedure designed to restore the natural gumline by using tissue taken from a flap on the roof of the mouth and suturing it to the current gumline and then shaped to look natural.
- LANAP: Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) uses a special dental laser to thoroughly remove bacteria and infection from the gum pocket as well as use an ultrasonic scaling tool to remove hardened bacteria. The procedure also produces a fibrous clot that encourages the growth of new gum tissue.
- Surgical Pinhole TechniqueTM: One of the newest procedures used to treat periodontal diseases, the Surgical Pinhole TechniqueTM uses an instrument the size of a pinhead to gently pull down the receded gums and hold them in position using collagen strips.
If you are having a gum problem, you need to see a gum specialist—a board-certified periodontist. Unlike other health issues, gum disease will not clear up on its own. Contact Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants to schedule a comprehensive oral health exam before it’s too late.