Periodontics focuses on the health and preservation of your gums. We focus on all levels of gum health, from healthy gums and the prevention of gum disease to even the most severe cases. Our goal is to educate our patients on their oral and gum health and create treatment plans individually for them. Periodontal (gum) disease is a common problem that is the result of poor oral hygiene. During your dental checkup, your dentist will do a periodontal exam which includes a mild probing of the space between the gums and the teeth. Healthy gums should have little to no gapping, and should not bleed. If you have questions about periodontics in Central Florida, call our team today to schedule your visit!
Gum recession occurs when there is a significant loss of gum tissue from periodontal disease, aggressive brushing, chewing tobacco or poor oral hygiene. It can eventually lead to the exposure of the tooth root. Symptoms of gum recession may include the following:
- Inflammation of the gums
- Longer-looking teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Bleeding gums
Treatment of Gum Disease
There are several ways to treat gum recession, and the chosen treatment method will depend entirely on the cause of the recession. A change in lifestyle may be necessary if it is caused by chewing tobacco or aggressive brushing, or it may be necessary to do a tissue graft in more extreme cases.
A bone graft may be a necessary procedure if the bone loss is significant. Bone grafting will help stimulate the tissues to help them continue to regenerate on their own, which will preserve the bone matter. Grafting procedures are highly successful and are excellent procedures for preparing for further treatments such as dental implants in case teeth cannot be saved and must be extracted.
Crown lengthening is an excellent solution for a person who feels they may have a “gummy” smile. Frequently, in those cases, the teeth are not just short, there is just excess gum tissue hiding the rest of the tooth. A crown lengthening procedure will safely remove the excess gum tissue, exposing the rest of your tooth and lengthening your smile.
Perio Protect is a new, at-home treatment program for periodontal disease. The method uses sets of custom-fit trays that deliver medication directly to your gums to attack the pathogens that cause gum disease. Results with this treatment method are often very quick, and as healing occurs the duration and frequency required to wear the trays decreases. If you are a proper candidate for Perio Protect, we will first begin to examine your mouth to determine your unique treatment plan. We will then take molds of your mouth to create your perfectly-fitted trays. You will then be well on your way to healthy gums and a healthy mouth!