Specialized Periodontal Treatment to Help You Maintain a Healthy Smile
Gum disease can affect the health and appearance of your gums and even be detrimental to your overall health and well-being.
At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., our specialists provide advanced periodontal care to address gum disease and related conditions at every stage.
Seeking timely treatment is essential...
We can perform a full range of treatments but strive to use the most conservative methods...
If you need periodontal care, you are not alone...
A Common Issue Amongst Adults
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Periodontal Disease Basics
About Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can damage the teeth and underlying bone structure. Bacteria and plaque below the gum line are the primary causes of gum disease. In the early stages of the condition, known as gingivitis, the gums become red and inflamed, and they can bleed easily. As the condition progresses into periodontitis, the bacteria and plaque cause pockets to form between the gums and tooth roots. As the pockets grow and periodontal disease advances, the teeth can become loose.
Gum Disease and Overall Health
Studies have found that gum disease can also increase your risk of several other medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Premature birth
We believe it is very important for patients to have a comprehensive understanding of how to prevent gum disease, so provide patient education videos and brochures in our waiting room.
Periodontal Disease Risk Factors
Periodontal disease can affect anyone with poor oral health habits. Other risk factors associated with a higher incidence of gum disease include:
- Tobacco use - Those who smoke or use chewing tobacco are at a much greater risk of developing periodontal disease. They also tend to develop more serious forms of gum disease, and have much lower chances of successful treatment.
- Diabetes - Like other conditions that compromise your immune system (AIDS, leukemia, high stress), patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease.
- Certain medications - Many medications cause side effects such as dry mouth, which reduces the flow of saliva. Without adequate saliva production, plaque is more likely to accumulate, making the patient more vulnerable to gum disease.
- Hormonal changes - Changes in body hormones, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can increase the risk of periodontal disease.
- Genetics - Patients who have a family history of gum disease are at a much higher risk of developing the condition themselves.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
At Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A., we can treat all stages of gum disease. We can teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums so you can minimize your risk of developing periodontal disease and other conditions. Patients in the early stages of gum disease are generally good candidates for more conservative treatments, while advanced cases will require a more aggressive approach.
We offer a complete range of gum disease treatments:
- Antibiotics - We may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate infection. Medication could be administered as pills, medicated toothpaste, or mouthwash.
- Scaling and root planing - This deep cleaning procedure is effective in cleaning the teeth below the gum line, and reducing the pockets that can develop between the teeth and gums.
- LANAP® - The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) uses light energy to eradicate bacteria in the pockets that form between the gums and teeth in advanced stages of gum disease. In addition to eliminating infection, the light energy also fosters reattachment of the gums to the teeth, and can stimulate bone growth.
- Flap procedure - The flap procedure allows your dentist to clean the root of the tooth and repair bone damage. A small flap will be created in the gum tissue to allow access to the root, and then stitched back into place following the procedure.
Using advanced laser technology, our team can identify and eliminate bacteria below the gum line to effectively treat periodontal disease. As this technique is less invasive than traditional methods, patients can experience reduced bleeding and recovery time following the procedure.
Following LANAP® (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) protocol, our team can perform all stages of gum surgery without creating incisions. Using a dental laser, we can remove tartar and bacteria from the pockets between your teeth and gums, and seamlessly reattach the gums to the tooth surface.
Our team is pleased to provide the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® to our patients. This method of gum grafting requires only a pinhole sized incision, through which the soft tissues can be moved into the proper alignment. No sutures are required, and recovery time is significantly reduced.
Traditional periodontal surgery involves the use of a scalpel to remove diseased gum tissue. Using the LANAP technique, our team can eliminate infected tissue with an advanced dental laser. This process reduces pain and recovery time and encourages smooth gum reattachment and bone regeneration.
Other Periodontal Procedures
Cosmetic gum contouring can remove excess gum tissue, giving your smile an attractive frame. Using our specially designed lasers, we can reshape the gums for a more uniform and refined smile. There is no significant downtime, and patients can enjoy the aesthetic benefits immediately after treatment.
For patients with asymmetrical gums or excessive gum tissue, our team can contour your gum line to create a beautiful, even smile. This treatment is virtually painless and can be performed in a single appointment. Gum contouring can enhance your smile and your self-confidence.
Patients with receding gums can undergo soft tissue grafting to protect the tooth roots. During this procedure, healthy gum tissue is harvested from the roof of your mouth or other areas of your smile. This treatment can reduce your risk of dental decay and improve the appearance of elongated teeth.
Embarrassing at best, bad breath can often be a sign of more severe health conditions like periodontal disease or even diabetes. A professional diagnosis can determine the cause and lay the foundations for effective treatment.
After Periodontal Treatment
After your treatment, it is important to adopt improved oral hygiene techniques to ensure that the mouth remains healthy. You may be prescribed additional medications, such as special toothpaste or mouthwash, to aid in recovery and healing.