Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It’s caused by plaque buildup on teeth that hardens into tartar. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth and contains bacteria. When it’s not removed regularly through brushing and flossing, it builds up and causes inflammation in the gum tissues. This can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets where more bacteria and food debris can accumulate. Over time, this can lead to infection, bone loss, and even tooth loss. If you’re experiencing gum disease symptoms, you must see our dentist at PS Dental, as soon as possible for treatment. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
For more advanced cases of gum disease, a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing may be recommended. This involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and root surfaces below the gumline. The roots are then smoothed to prevent bacteria from adhering to them.
During flap surgery, the dentist in Tigard, OR, will lift back the gum tissue and remove the tartar from the tooth’s root surface. Then, they will stitch the gums back into place so that the tissue fits snugly around the tooth. This surgery is typically used to treat more advanced cases of gum disease.
Patients who have suffered significant bone loss may need a bone graft to restore their jawbone structure. A bone graft involves taking a piece of bone from another part of the body and attaching it to the jawbone. This can be done using synthetic material or your bone.
If you suspect you have gum disease or are experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums, swollen gums, or bad breath, visit PS Dental at 12017 SW 70th Ave, Tigard, OR 97223, or call (503) 5744000. Early detection and intervention are essential to successful gum disease treatment.