Fixing Your Missing and Broken Teeth with a Reconstructive Periodontal Surgery
Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease, is common among adults and the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over the age of 40. This disease begins as a mild inflammation of the gums and if not taken care of immediately, can lead to bone and attachment loss. When this occurs, Periodontal surgery may be required.
There are varying levels of gum disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of the disease where gums bleed easily and are often red and inflamed. There are many causes of this inflammation including stress, your health, and poor oral habits.
If you do not receive treatment for Gingivitis, the condition may progress to Periodontitis. This is where the disease causes your gums to become irritated, more inflamed, resulting in the tissue and the bone to be destroyed. Periodontal treatment, such as surgery, may be necessary to restore your oral health.
Reconstructive Periodontal Surgery
Surgery options are available for repairing and improving the health of your gums after battling periodontal disease. There are several types of surgery options to help you reconstruct and perfect your smile, if you have lost your teeth.
Dental implant surgery is one option where a dental implant specialist will insert the implant into the jaw bone. If you are missing several teeth, an implant bridge may be a recommended option, or even an implant-supported denture if all teeth have been lost. Dental implant surgery can require several appointments before the process is complete.
If you have not lost any teeth but your gumline requires reconstruction, you may need surgery to adjust your gums. If your gums cover too much of the teeth, or the gum line is uneven, a periodontist can remove the excess gum and straighten the gumline. On the other hand, if your gums have receded and your tooth’s root is showing, surgery may be needed to cover the exposed roots and reduce the risk of tooth decay and improve tooth sensitivity.
Following the surgery, it is vital that you maintain strong oral health habits. Surgery isn’t a permanent cure and it is important that you take the proper steps to prevent the condition from occurring once again. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and regular hygiene treatments are essential. You should also be mindful of what you eat and make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid too much sugar. Additionally, you should visit the dentist regularly. During these checkups, your dentist will look for any signs of a reoccurring problem.
Gum disease is a serious condition and Periodontal Disease treatment is necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy and ensure you have a beautiful natural smile for as long as possible.