What is gum disease?
Gum or periodontal disease is very common among adults in Milwaukee, WI and all over the US. It can be as simple as an inflammation of the gums to more serious cases where causes damage to the tissues and bones that support the teeth which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
The success of gum disease treatments are largely dependent on a patient’s oral hygiene and it is very common to see cases of gum disease that are caused by this as well. Our mouth is naturally full of bacteria. Poor oral hygiene makes bacteria stay in the mouth longer than it should and this allows it to combine with other particles in the mouth and stick to the tooth surface to form plaque. Once plaque is formed, it will be impossible to get rid of it by just brushing and flossing. This plaque will harden and bacteria found in the plaque might extend into the gum tissue resulting to inflammation and gum disease.
Types of Gum Disease for Patients in Milwaukee, WI
This condition is the inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria found on the plaque and tartar on your teeth. Not having regular dental check-ups and cleaning is missing out on the opportunity to remove the stubborn plaque that you cannot get rid of with just brushing and flossing your teeth every day. The longer the plaque stays in your teeth, the more harm it will cause. Patients with gingivitis can expect to have swollen or red gums that bleeds easily. Compared to other gum disease, gingivitis is easy to prevent and can be treated easily. It also does not cause any damage to the tissues and bone surrounding your teeth. Regular teeth cleaning with your dentist and follow up with good oral hygiene can keep gingivitis at bay.
If you have gingivitis and you are unable to seek treatment for it, chances are this will develop into this condition. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gum tissues around your tooth which causes the gums to pull away from your tooth. Periodontitis will create a pocket that can easily get infected. Once this gets infected, your body will respond and counteract the infection and as a result, the bone and connective tissue that holds your teeth in place will be broken down by the body’s natural immune response. If no dental treatment is received, periodontitis may cause the bones, gums, and tissues supporting the tooth to be damaged and eventually the tooth will become loose and fall off.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Gum disease can be treated with non-surgical and surgical techniques depending on the severity of the condition.
For minor cases of gum disease, the usual treatment recommended for patients in Milwaukee, WI are professional dental cleaning procedures and teeth scaling and planing. Routine dental cleanings include the removal of plaque and tartar that have accumulated on the tooth surface. Having regular dental cleaning will give your dentist the opportunity to detect early signs of gum disease so that you can take steps to prevent any further damage to the teeth.
Scaling and root planing involves more deep cleaning than the routine dental cleaning procedure. This is a non-surgical dental procedure that is done under local anesthesia. This procedure will access and remove plaque and tartar that lie below the gum line to restore the smooth surface of the tooth. This procedure will be recommended by your dentist if they determine that you have plaque and tartar deposited below the gum line that needs to be removed to avoid gum disease.
For more serious cases of gum disease, your dentist may require surgical procedures in order to treat periodontal conditions.
A flap surgery can help remove the plaque under the gums and restore the normal position of the gums to reduce the space created by the gum disease between the gum and the teeth. Bone grafts are performed to help replace and regenerate bone tissue that may have been destroyed due to gum disease. Soft tissue grafts are procedures that can fill in the places in the mouth where the gum has receded due to gum disease.
What is Perio Protect?
Our team at Hampton Dental Associates are always finding ways to provide the latest and the best dental treatments to our patients in Milwaukee, WI and Perio Protect is our latest offering to help our patients that are suffering from gum disease.
Perio Protect is a non-surgical procedure that aims to manage the growing spaces in between the gums and teeth. With Perio Protect, our patients no longer need to endure painful scraping, lengthy appointments, and eliminates the need for surgery and anesthesia.
A Perio Protect treatment will involve creating a customized tray for a patient made from a soft, thin, and comfortable material. A special gel will be placed in the tray and is used the same way as a teeth whitening tray or mouthpiece. The special gel is formulated to seep deep into the gum line to remove bacteria and tartar. The length and frequency of treatment depends on the severity of the patient’s gum disease. It’s quick, easy, painless, and guarantees to get rid of your gum disease.
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