Orland Dental Care specializes in helping patients with all types of gum inflammation. In a healthy mouth, the tissue of the gum will tightly fit around the tooth. When gum disease occurs, that tissue begins to pull away from the tooth. The inflammation of the gums is known as periodontal disease, a common condition that can affect anyone. Gum diseases often get worse if left untreated and can cause further damage including destruction of the tooth and bone supported by the gum. Gum disease has been linked to overall health including conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Gum disease therapy - At Orland Dental Care, your dental team will carefully examine your gum condition and recommend the appropriate treatment. Gum disease is best caught in the early stages of gingivitis when other damage has been avoided. Daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings may be enough to get things under control, or more aggressive treatment may be required such as a special cleaning called periodontal therapy. In this treatment, the plaque and tartar are carefully removed down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket.
Gum Graft Surgery - Gum Graft Surgery may be needed if gum recession occurs due to gum disease. This procedure is necessary when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth shrinks back or wears away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root, creating sensitivity to hot and cold as well as pain. During Gum Graft Surgery, your Orland Dental Care will take tissue from the roof of your mouth and attach it to affected gum tissue to cover the exposed root.
Laser Treatment, Regenerative Procedures - Laser technology is a viable option for the treatment of gum disease. Lasers can be used during surgical procedures to repair soft tissues and infected areas. Lasers can provide additional benefit to the conventional surgical techniques, resulting in less bleeding, better access, and more rapid healing for the patient. Our doctors routinely provide our patients with the necessary information to help educate them and to help in determining whether laser treatment is right for them.
Scaling and Root Planing - Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is common treatment utilized for the treatment and removal of plaque and tartar deposits under the gums. After this treatment, the tissues around teeth typically become healthier and less inflamed due to decreased amounts of bacteria under the gums. Most Orland Dental Care patients experience improvement in the condition of their gums after completion of SRP. Scaling and Root Planing is usually completed in two to three appointments.
Crown Lengthening - Crown lengthening treatment uncovers more of a patient’s teeth, and reshapes the gum line to correct what is identified as a "gummy smile." Dental crown lengthening eliminates gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of the patient’s tooth's structure. A crown lengthening procedure is recommended as a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure such as correcting a tooth that is decayed or restoring a tooth that has broken below the gum line. Crown lengthening can rectify the gum and bone level to uncover more of the tooth so it can be fixed.
Root Surface Debridement - Root debridement is more commonly known as scaling and can be a very effective treatment for gum disease. If caught in early stages of gum disease, root surface debridement can get things under control without much pain or the need for surgery. During a scaling procedure, Orland Dental Care dentists will recommend removal of calculus (tartar) and plaque from the tooth below the gum on the root surface using special ultrasonic scalers The root surface is then cleaned.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation - This minimally invasive, incision-free, suture-free procedure may be the best treatment for patients suffering from gum recession. Orland Dental Care specializes in this treatment utilized to straighten and adjust uneven or receding gum lines along the tooth crown. The pinhole gum rejuvenation procedure creates small pinholes in the gum above the teeth where the recession exists, then gently loosens the gums and pull it into place. Finally, the holes are filled with collagen to keep them in place.
Pocket Reduction Procedures - Gum disease, as it gets worse, can cause tissue inflammation as the bacteria begin to attack the bone around your tooth roots creating “pockets.” Pocket reduction procedures may be needed to close these pockets and prevent future bacteria buildup. Reducing pocket depths and eliminating existing bacteria are important steps to prevent further damage that may be caused by the progression of periodontal disease, and to maintain a healthy smile.
Gum disease is a serious condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Schedule your appointment today by calling (708) 304-4454. Our caring dental specialists will get you started on a path to better overall health.