If you have advanced gum disease, we offer several treatment solutions. The severity of the condition will determine the best approach. At Grafton Dental, we start with the least invasive option. But, in the most serious cases, surgical treatment may be needed.
The first line of defense against periodontal disease is scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning that involves removing plaque and tartar beneath the gum line and around the root. Next, the rough surface of the root and tooth is smoothed out. As a result, the smooth surface makes it easier for the soft tissue to adhere to the tooth.
If you treat your gum disease before it advances, you may not need any further treatments. However, proper oral care after scaling and root planing are vital. To keep your smile healthy, you must have good oral hygiene practices, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and keep up with routine dental visits. In addition, it is important to avoid tobacco use.
If gum disease has led to bone and tissue damage, surgery may be the only viable option. For that purpose, we offer several surgical periodontal procedures to prevent further damage and restore your oral health. Your Pleasant Hill dentist will recommend the best surgical treatment for your case.
Healthy gums are firmly attached to teeth and supported securely by the underlying jawbone. Periodontal disease wreaks havoc on the bones and soft tissue, creating deep pockets in the gums. These spaces around teeth make it easy for bacteria to collect inside them. Over time, more and more damage will occur.
During flap surgery or pocket reduction, your dentist in Pleasant Hill CA, will fold back the gum to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. In addition, dead tissue may also be removed. This will allow the gums to reattach to the tooth surface.
We perform the regeneration procedure to restore lost bone and tissue from advanced gum disease. Like flap surgery, the gum is folded back to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. In some cases, a bone graft is performed to encourage new bone growth.
Gum recession is a common symptom of periodontal disease. As a result, tooth roots are more revealed. When this happens, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks increases. With soft-tissue graft, the tissue is harvested from the roof of the mouth or some other source and sewn onto the gums. This is done to cover the exposed roots and restore the gum line to health.