Periodontitis, also known as advanced gum disease, is a serious infection in your gums that damages your soft tissues. If not treated on time, it may destroy the bone supporting your teeth. This condition may also lead to tooth loss or loosening of your teeth from their sockets. Many factors add to the development of this disease; poor oral health is the most common of all.
We recommend you schedule an appointment with us right away if you start experiencing the symptoms of this problem. If you overlook this condition, it will advance and may also affect your overall health.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
- Puffy and swollen gums that appear bright red, purplish, or dusky red
- Extreme tenderness in the gums
- Bleeding from the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Formation of pus between your gums and teeth
- Difficulty chewing food
- Loosening of the teeth from their sockets
- Unwanted spaces developing in your gums
- Receding gum line
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Treatments for this condition vary. Depending on the severity of the infection, we will use a suitable treatment method. We will also take X-rays and discuss your other health issues and medical history.
Scaling removes the accumulation of tartar and bacteria from the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums. We perform it using a manual instrument. We may also use a laser to quicken the procedure.
Root planing helps to smoothen the root surface, which further discourages the build-up of external elements. This step also removes bacterial byproducts contributing to inflammation or decay.
Besides performing the above-listed procedures, we will also prescribe antibiotics to speed up the healing of your gums and to keep infection at bay. These antibiotics include topical products and mouth rinses.
We will perform flap surgery on your gums if the decay is severe. It involves making a tiny incision in your gum and lifting it back to expose the roots. After this, we will perform scaling and root planing to clean the area. We may also recontour your underlying bone before suturing your gum tissues back in place.
Losing gum tissues also recedes your gum line. We perform soft tissue grafting to help you retain and maintain your gum line. The procedure involves removing a small amount of tissue from your mouth’s roof and attaching it to the site of the surgery. Apart from retaining your gum line, soft tissue grafting keeps further gum recession at bay.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Picacho Family Dental, call (928) 344-3177 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 3325 S Ave 8 E Suite 4, Yuma, AZ 85365.