Advanced gum disease can cost you your teeth if left untreated. Fortunately, we provide a variety of cutting-edge gum disease treatments to save your smile.
Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, is a severe condition with long-lasting consequences. According to the Center for Disease Control, periodontitis affects almost half of Americans over the age of 30. That’s why the team of trained dental professionals at SofTouch Dental are proud to provide top-notch gum disease treatments in Lake Mary.
Periodontitis begins as gum disease or gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque buildup begins to affect your gum tissue. If left untreated, it can quickly become periodontitis. The toxins from this built-up bacteria can cause infections in your gums, tooth roots and even your jaw. As the infection causes your gums to recede from your tooth roots, your tooth may begin to loosen and eventually require extraction to prevent further damage to your jaw bone.
Thanks to cutting-edge gum disease treatments, our knowledgeable team can save your teeth and restore your smile. We can also reshape your smile to approve its appearance through cosmetic procedures. Some of the periodontal services we offer include:
Our dentist will remove all the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and roots in a process known as scaling. Then our dentist will smooth away any roughness on the roots to prevent bacteria from adhering to the root and causing future decay.
As your gums recede due to inflammation and infection, your tooth roots can become exposed. We can cover these exposed roots by taking gum tissue from your palate or other areas of your mouth and grafting it in place. This procedure will reduce sensitivity in your exposed roots and protects your teeth from decay, as well as preventing further bone loss and gum recession.
When you have a “gummy” smile, your teeth may appear too short due to an excess of visible gum tissue. Our dentist can improve your smile with a dental crown lengthening procedure, reshaping the gum and bone to expose more of your natural tooth.
Our dentist will perform this procedure to remove diseased gum tissue and combat the effects of gum disease. Your remaining healthy gum tissue will then be reattached in and around your teeth and cleaned with a special rinse to promote healing.
Like scaling and root planing, this is a deep cleaning procedure to remove the built-up plaque and tartar from your tooth and root. Debridement helps control the bacterial infection by cleaning out the pockets that appear between your gum and teeth as your gum tissue recedes.
Our dentist may also choose to use laser treatment to remove infected gum tissue. Laser treatment is less invasive than traditional surgical methods and requires less recovery and healing time.
As your diseased gum tissue recedes, it creates pockets which collect even more bacteria, leading to higher infection. To treat these pockets, our dentist may recommend a pocket reduction surgery. Our dentist performs this procedure by folding back the gum tissue and removing the bacterial build-up in the pockets before reattaching the tissue.
Tooth loss can cause a depression in your gum line and jaw as the bone recedes from the empty tooth socket. Ridge augmentation can fill in this depression to restore the natural look of your gums and jaw.
After tooth extraction, your alveolar ridge (the area of your mouth where your jaws meet and that contains the sockets of your teeth) may change its shape around the empty tooth socket. Ridge preservation is a surgical procedure wherein our dentist fills the empty tooth socket with a bone substitute, preventing the alveolar ridge from collapsing into the socket.
This surgical procedure will restore jawbone tissue lost to infection and decay. During this treatment, our dentist will clean out all the bacteria in the affected area, then place a natural or synthetic bone to replace the missing tissue. Our dentist will also place tissue-stimulating proteins to help your body regrow the missing bone and restore the natural look of your jaw.
If you have experienced jawbone loss due to periodontitis or are missing molars and premolars, our dentist may recommend a sinus lift. A sinus lift may also be performed if your sinuses are too close to the jaw due to other issues. This surgical procedure will implant bone tissue in your upper jaw in the area of the molars and premolars. By restoring bone tissue, your mouth will be prepared to receive dental implants to replace any missing teeth.
Dark gum pigmentation is a cosmetic issue that effects of the gums in the mouth. The condition can affect the entire gums or just small areas of the gums. Our dentist provides electrosurgery treatment to quickly and painlessly remove these unsightly melanin spots with little to no recovery time.
We provide caring and professional gum disease treatment in Lake Mary. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (407) 602-3502 today. Our team is here to help.