Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. Periodontitis is usually a result of poor oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing and regular professional dental cleanings can greatly reduce your chance of developing periodontitis.
Treatment for Gum Disease
There is a variety of treatment options for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health. They range from nonsurgical therapy that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.
Non-surgical Treatment for Gum Disease:
– Professional dental cleaning
– Scaling and root planing
Surgical Treatment for Gum Disease:
– Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery
– Bone grafts
– Soft tissue grafts
– Guided tissue regeneration
– Bone surgery
If bone is lost due to periodontal disease , bone replacement grafting is possible. Using biocompatible human or bovine grafting materials and membranes bone is restored to the desired height and width necessary for implant placement. Within a few months graft material stimulates formation of new bone and enables performing treatment procedures that would not have been possible without it. Sinus grafting involves filling an empty maxillary sinus cavity with grafting material and restoring height necessary for implant placement.