How You Can Beat Periodontitis
You might not think much about your gums when you think about a healthy, attractive smile, but they play a critical function when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy. Healthy gum tissue is pink and firm, and it should fit close to the tooth. This prevents bacteria from getting to the roots of the tooth or the bone around the base of the tooth, and it helps support the tooth. When gum tissue becomes inflamed or damaged, pockets form between the gums and teeth, and infection can spread.
Periodontitis is a progressive, inflammatory condition that can destroy your gums and lead to tooth loss. You can beat periodontitis, but early diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential. Non-invasive treatments are one option. Non-invasive treatments such as scaling and root planing, or SRP, can be used alone in those who have pockets that are less than 5 mm deep. SRP is a deep cleaning procedure that removes the infection so that the gums can heal. Antibiotic therapy may be added for some. If your periodontitis is mild, this might be all that is necessary to combat the infection.
For those with more advanced periodontitis, surgery can be necessary. Surgery may be recommended if your pockets are deeper than 5 mm or the infection cannot be controlled with non-invasive therapies alone. Several surgical options are available, including pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts and guided tissue regeneration.
Regardless of your treatment plan, periodontal maintenance cleanings will typically be recommended to help you continue to fight periodontitis and avoid recurrence. Call our dental office today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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