Gum disease in its early stages may seem like a small problem, but if left untreated, it can quickly become a serious condition. For gum disease treatment in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, call our office today. At Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care, we understand that gum disease is a common problem for many of our patients. That is why Dr. Gordon Roeder and Dr. Zachary Kulp provide complete gum disease services. Depending on your needs, we can recommend a variety of procedures and treatments to help restore your oral health. They include:
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a common condition experienced by nearly half of all American adults. It is a disease that progresses over time, and it begins with gingivitis, the mild and often painless stage. The advanced form of gum disease is called periodontitis. Many patients are unaware they have gum disease until the symptoms become more severe. Common symptoms of gingivitis include infections in the gums with swelling, redness or bleeding when brushing or flossing.
If diagnosed and treated in the early stage, gum disease is easily reversible with good oral hygiene and treatments such as professional cleaning and antibacterial mouth rinses. Once gum disease advances into periodontitis, it requires special care to reverse the effects and clear the infection. Symptoms of periodontitis include receding gums or infections in the jawbone and the tissues that support your teeth. This can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out if not treated.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Thick tartar and plaque cultivate bacterial environments. Toxins from the bacteria attack your gums, tooth roots and jawbones. The buildup of plaque and tartar is typically caused by poor oral hygiene and missed regular cleanings. The disease can also be affected by lifestyle or genetic health conditions, such as diabetes, tobacco use, some medications or hormonal changes in the body.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
If detected early, we can treat your gum disease with a professional cleaning and antibacterial mouth rinses and toothpaste. Once gum disease advances to periodontitis, you will need specialized treatment to combat the infections and restore your oral health. We offer a variety of comprehensive gum disease treatments. Depending on your needs, we can recommend:
- Scaling and Root Planing: Also called a deep cleaning, we first perform a scaling to remove the built-up plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth. After the cleaning, we do a root planing, which flattens root tissue and removes bacteria from your root structures to prevent accumulation in the future.
- Gum Graft Surgery: Used to repair damaged gums and unhealthy soft tissue, this treatment helps prevent the recession of your gums to retain the structure which supports your teeth.
- Dental Crown Lengthening: As both a cosmetic and restorative treatment, crown lengthening is used to remove surplus gum tissue from the gumline for a more aesthetically pleasing and functional smile.
- Gingivectomy: This is a procedure performed to remove diseased gum tissue.
- Root Surface Debridement: Similar to scaling and root planing, we use surface debridement to remove stubborn built-up plaque and tartar from the roots of your teeth.
- Laser Treatment: A minimally invasive alternative to a traditional gingivectomy, we use a laser to trim away diseased or damaged gum tissue.
- Osseous or Pocket Reduction Surgery: This is a surgical procedure used to clear the infection from the spaces (called periodontal pockets) that develop between your receding gums and tooth roots. It helps decrease the size of gum pockets, remove bacteria and encourage healing and new gum growth.
- Ridge Augmentation and Preservation: We perform this procedure following a tooth extraction to help preserve or recreate the natural shape of your gums and jawbone.
- Regenerative Procedures: We may suggest procedures to help restore and regenerate the bone structure of your jaw if it has deteriorated due to gum disease.
- Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation: This is a minimally invasive procedure used to loosen gum tissue by accessing it through a small pinhole created by dental instruments.
- Sinus Lift: We perform this procedure to restore bone in the upper jaw to help support dental implants.
- Bone Grafting: This surgery is used to restore or replace the jawbone to help support dental implants.
For comprehensive gum disease treatment, call our office at 215-538-1109 today and meet with our dentists. We offer convenient scheduling and financing options to make our care as accessible as possible.
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