Most people take care of their teeth but many of these same people ignore their gums and don’t realize that they are susceptible to gum disease and just how serious that can be. Gum disease prevention is crucial if the person is to enjoy good oral health for a long period of time. Our dental office 53038 works with patients to both prevent gum disease or to eliminate it before it can advance into a serious condition that threatens your teeth and jaw. The best gum disease prevention is good basic oral hygiene that includes a thorough initial examination with our Johnson Creek Dental Group to establish a baseline for your teeth and gums and then follow-up checkups to monitor any changes.
Periodontal disease develops as tartar, plague and bacteria invade the sulcus, which is the space or pocket between the teeth and the gums. The most common form of gum disease is gingivitis. As gingivitis progresses the pockets become deeper and more pronounced and our dental office 53038 staff will measure the depth of the sulcus as a method of diagnosing gingivitis and monitoring its progression. As the sulcus gets bigger it can separate from the tooth, this weakens the tooth and may lead to tooth loss. Gum disease can even lead to loss of bone material in the jaw.
For mild gingivitis teeth and gum cleanings are recommended, usually two cleaning will do the trick. For patients with moderate gum disease our dental office 53038 doctors will perform a procedure called gum scaling and root planing. The procedure thoroughly scales all plague, tartar deposits and bacteria from your teeth and root surfaces, then root planing smooths all rough areas on the roots’ surfaces. Smooth surfaces make it harder for plague; tartar and bacteria to re-attach themselves underneath the gum line and facilitates the reattachment of the gums to the teeth. For more advanced gum disease our doctor may recommend pocket reduction surgery, either done by traditional surgical techniques or laser surgery. Don’t let gum disease sneak up on you, call our office for an appointment with our doctor to make sure your gum stay in good shape.