Periodontics is a dental specialty, particularly focusing on addressing the inflammatory diseases that infect and damage your gums and other supporting structures around your teeth. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of such gum diseases - most importantly periodontitis.
Periodontitis can take a toll on your overall dental health, and getting it treated during the early stage is essential to maintain the same.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
Given below are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis:
- Puffy gums
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Easy bleeding in the gums
- Tender gums
- Bad breath
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Bleeding during brushing or flossing
- Loss of teeth or loosening of teeth from their sockets
- Space developing between teeth
- Receding gums, making the teeth look longer than normal
- Change in bite
- Change in the fit of teeth
What are the Treatment Options of Periodontitis?
Our dentists will screen your condition and understand its severity, after which the following procedures may be opted for to treat your concern:
Oral cleaning includes the removal of tartar and plaque deposits from your teeth and their roots. The procedures such as root planing and scaling are performed for oral cleaning. An ultrasonic scaling device is used to create ultrasonic vibrations which dislodge the calcified microbial deposits from the surface of teeth. They are then washed away with a jet of water.
Laser therapy is another procedure adopted to address periodontitis. Under this procedure, laser technology is used to remove the decayed gum tissues. It is a painless and advanced procedure compared to other treatment options such as surgery. Our dentists focus a potent laser on your decayed tissues that vaporize instantly, and the wound underneath is sealed. Another advantage of opting for this method is that the healing period is minimal.
A gum graft helps to increase the volume of your gum tissues, specifically near the area of your receded gum line. Our dentists extract healthy tissues from the palate and graft them surgically on the required area. You will then be given a few days’ time to heal and recover. After this, the newly grafted tissues are fused with the existing ones. This entire procedure helps to increase the volume of your gums.
Our dentists may also use medication to get rid of the infection and keep your tissues from developing reinfection. The medication is placed in the deep gum pockets that help to facilitate the healing of the tissues.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Fremont, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Louie. Please call us at (510) 656-7778 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.
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