Periodontics (Specialized cleanings and gum grafting procedures)
Periodontics focuses on the structures that support the teeth such as your gums and jawbone, and the diseases that affect them.
Periodontal disease is an extreme type of gum disease that affects the gums and can even deteriorate the bone beneath the teeth if left untreated.
The disease is caused, like any gum disease, by a buildup of plaque that is not removed. The bacteria in the plaque creates decay in the tooth, and if not treated, this decay spreads to the gums and bone.
Our Corner Cove dental office staff are trained to diagnosis, treat and prevent forms of periodontal disease. Part of the treatment of periodontal disease is specialized cleanings to prevent further spread of the bacteria. Patients may also need to undergo periodontal scaling and root scaling which removes any buildup of tartar (hard, calcified plaque) from below the gum line.
One of the symptoms of periodontal disease is that your gums recede. Our dentists are able to perform gum grafting procedures to restore the gum line. Most procedures use tissue from your palate (roof of your mouth) or donated medically processed tissue can be used in the grafting process.
However, it is not only periodontal disease which causes gums to recede. Incorrect and aggressive brushing, clenching or grinding of the teeth and even forces brought on my misaligned teeth or irritation by lip piercings can cause your gums to recede.
It is important to restore gum tissue as without our gums, our teeth and roots are left exposed, causing sensitivity and damage to the supporting bone. It will also give you the confidence of a more even gum line when you talk or smile.
Gum recession occurs gradually and is a condition that is able to sneak up on you. Signs that you may have receding gums include frequent tooth sensitivity and your teeth will appear longer.