Periodontics focuses on the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums and bones. Periodontitis occurs when the gums become irritated due to heavy exposure to toxins and plaque. When periodontitis progresses, the gums will begin to retract from their teeth resulting in spaces that are known as periodontal pockets. These can become filled with tartar, bacteria and plaque. When this happens, the condition can spread to the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, ultimately causing tooth loss.
At TruDental Spokane, we understand the seriousness of gum disease. We offer the following periodontal services that are designed to restore oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments for periodontitis. Scaling involves using specialized dental tools to access the deep spaces between teeth and remove any plaque and tartar that is present. Next, we will smooth out the rough spots found on the root surfaces (planing) in order to prevent future accumulations. In the early stages of gum disease, this treatment is highly efficient in putting a stop to periodontitis and helping the gums heal.
Dental Crown Lengthening
When gum disease occurs, the oral tissue will become swollen and inflamed. This can cause a person to suffer from an unattractive, “gummy” smile. Dental crown lengthening is designed to fix this issue by removing excess gum tissue and exposing more of the natural tooth. This procedure can be used on one tooth or an entire gum line.
When scaling and root planing isn’t enough, but damage to the bone has not occurred, a gingivectomy will remove and reshape loose, diseased gum tissue to eliminate pockets between the teeth and gums. This surgery is typically done one quadrant of the mouth at a time with the use of local anesthesia.
When periodontal pockets become too deep to clean, we may recommend a periodontal pocket reduction procedure. During this procedure, we will fold back the gum tissue and remove disease-causing bacteria. The tissue will then be secured back into place. In some cases, irregular surfaces of damaged bone may be smoothed to limit areas where bacteria can hide allowing the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.
If you believe you are suffering from gum disease, trust the experts at TruDental Spokane. Call us today at (509) 593-3033 to schedule an appointment.