At Vero VIP Implants & Periodontics, our team specializes in dental implants and preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious type of infection that can cause tooth loss as well as damage and even destroy parts of your gum and jawbone. Also called periodontitis, periodontal disease can and will spread fast and, as such, it is important to seek out a specialist for treatment right away.
Types of Periodontal Treatment
First, you notice that we did not say types of periodontal cures. That is because, unfortunately, once periodontal disease eats away at your teeth, gums, and jawbone, it is gone forever (although there has been some exciting research into ways to reverse parts of periodontitis). The good news is that there are effective periodontal treatments that can hit pause on the disease’s progression, and the major benefits of those treatments mean you should get started as soon as you suspect you suffer from periodontal disease or as soon as your dentist makes a recommendation to visit a periodontal specialist such as ours at Vero VIP Implants & Periodontics.
For more advanced types of periodontal disease, treatments are separated into the two categories of surgical and non-surgical. The following is a quick look at the most popular procedures in both:
- Gum graft surgery. One of the big results of periodontitis is gum recession away from the teeth. This exposes the more sensitive and delicate parts of your teeth. Gum graft surgery aims to take gum tissue from another part of your mouth to cover and safeguard your teeth.
- Periodontal pocket procedures. This is another type of surgical intervention focused on restitching the patient’s gums. Here, the periodontist looks for pockets between gum and tooth where bacteria has multiplied and has resulted in bone loss. The periodontist folds back the gum in order to clear out the bacteria and then restitch the gum back.
- Tooth regenerative procedure. This type of surgical procedure is typically done in tandem with pocket procedures, as where the pocket procedure removes bacteria and refits the gums, regenerative procedures focus on repairing what is left behind. Typically, this means using bone grafts, membranes, or tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage some tissue regeneration where possible.
Not keen on surgical treatments? There are alternatives, especially if you act quickly. In lieu of surgery, your periodontist Vero Beach, FL partner may recommend a non-surgical treatment. These are less invasive procedures that can still be effective at stopping periodontitis in its tracks. A few of your options under this category include:
- Scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a popular periodontal treatment that acts as a sort of deep clean for your teeth and gums. Here, the periodontist scales underneath the gum line and utilizes specialty tools to remove the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Then, the periodontist will smooth back the roots via root planing. This will help prevent bacteria from grabbing hold in the future.
- Laser treatment. Yes, laser treatment is not considered a surgical intervention! This is a painless treatment option that can target and remove bacteria with pinpoint accuracy.
The Benefits of Fast Periodontal Treatment
Too many people delay periodontal treatment until it’s progressed to where tooth removal is necessary. Don’t be this patient. Seeking professional help at the first notice of peritonitis and undergoing a periodontal treatment offers several key benefits that include:
- Stop periodontal disease. The number one benefit is that you stop this disease in its tracks and thereby stop its symptoms that include tooth decay, tooth loss, and more.
- Restore oral function. The more periodontal disease eats at your gums and teeth, the more painful it will be to do everyday activities like eating and drinking.
- Better overall health. Periodontal disease is not just a disease that impacts your teeth and gums. Individuals who leave this disease unresolved risk serious health issues that include, but are not limited to, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory ailments.
Schedule an Appointment With a Vero Beach Periodontist
Take the time today to protect your teeth, your gums, and your overall health by scheduling an appointment with our team at Vero VIP Implants & Periodontics, your Vero Beach dental experts. Contact us now to get started!