Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common problem for adults. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimate that about half of all adults in the U.S. suffer from untreated periodontal disease, including gum inflammation, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Periodontal treatment can include a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical interventions that address gum disease.
Most of the time we try to address periodontal disease in the least invasive and most cost-effective way possible, reserving surgical interventions for severe cases. The most common is scaling and root planing, which involves carefully cleaning the root surfaces around the teeth to remove plaque, smoothing out the root of the tooth to remove any toxins. In some cases it may also include additional ongoing therapy to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Surgical Treatment Options
Non-surgical treatments don’t work for everyone, and sometimes a surgical intervention may be required to achieve optimal dental health. The most common surgeries related to periodontal health include:
- Gum Graft Surgery – repairing exposed tooth roots from receding gums
- Laser Treatment for Gum Disease
- Regenerative Procedures – removing bacteria from the gums and adding stimulating proteins to encourage bone and tissue regeneration
- Dental Crown Lengthening – reshaping gum tissue to expose more of the natural tooth and reduce the appearance of “gummy” smiles
- Dental Implants – perhaps the best-known periodontal procedure involves replacing missing teeth with a surgically inserted root and crown or bridge
Risk Factors & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
You might be at increased risk for developing gum disease, so it’s important to visit our dentists regularly for check-ups. Some of the most common risk factors associated with periodontal disease include:
- Untreated inflammation
- Diseases that contribute to a compromised immune system
- Prescription medications that cause dry mouth
- Genetic predisposition
If you notice symptoms of gum disease, such as bad breath that does not go away, swollen or red gums, tenderness or bleeding in your gums, loose permanent teeth, or receding gum lines, call Caring Smiles today to schedule an appointment.
Schedule An Appointment
Don’t suffer with periodontal disease any longer. Schedule an appointment at Caring Smiles and meet with our team of friendly dental professionals to discuss your oral health needs. We work to make sure your dental procedures are as painless and easy as possible, so call use at 208 893-5000 today to find out more about treatment options for your gum disease.