Our gums are extremely important. Not only do they cover part of our jaws, they help anchor our teeth in place. With this in mind, any infection or condition that compromises the health of our gums also compromises our teeth. If this is the case, we we have highly experienced dentists at our office in Southlake, TX.
Any number of circumstances can arise that make us more susceptible to gum problems, including:
- smoking or tobacco use;
- medications; and
- poor oral hygiene habits.
When gingivitis — the initial stage of gum disease — occurs, the condition is still reversible. Sometimes a professional dental cleaning followed by consistent, daily brushing and flossing is all at takes. Other times Scaling and Root Planning (SRP) is necessary. An SRP is when plaque (a hardened form of tartar) above and below the gum line is scraped away, and when the surface of the tooth root is made smooth. This allows the gums to reattach to the teeth more easily.
Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which gingivitis progresses into periodontitis. This is a chronic condition that affects 47 percent of all Americans 30 years and older, according to the American Dental Association.
If you are experiencing chronic periodontitis, surgical treatment for your gums may be necessary.
There are various types of surgery depending on the case, such as:
- flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery;
- bone grafts;
- soft tissue grafts;
- bone surgery; and
- guided tissue regeneration.
At DaVinci, our dentist-prosthodontist team serves the Southlake, TX, and surrounding areas, and our goal is to make our patients’ smiles beautiful by restoring them to full health and function. When a referral to a periodontist — a dentist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease — is required, we will refer you to a specialist, give you the necessary resources and act as your guide through the entire process. Contact us today by filling our our online form or calling 817-251-9333.