About three-quarters of American adults have periodontal disease, and many are not aware that they have the condition. Unfortunately, periodontal disease starts out silently and progresses with very few symptoms. Chronic halitosis, bleeding gums and a receding gum line are a few of the early signs of periodontal disease. Recognizing symptoms and getting treatment early is key to avoiding the destruction periodontal disease causes to both your oral and overall health.
At Nash Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients combat periodontal disease. If you have chronic halitosis or bleeding gums, we recommend that you seek treatment right away.
Below are some of the treatments that may be recommended to our patients with periodontal disease in Vicksburg, MS.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing involves cleaning the tartar and plaque deposits below the gum line and smoothing any rough surfaces from the tooth roots. The main goal of this treatment is to encourage the tissue to reattach to the tooth surface by cleaning away deposits that have led to attachment loss. In many cases, scaling and root planing along with a periodontal maintenance program can stop periodontal disease in its tracks.
A gingivectomy may be recommended if scaling and root planing is not effective and you have excessive inflammation of your gums. This procedure can also be used to reduce a gummy smile. First, Dr. Nash will numb the area that is affected. Then, the diseased or excess tissue is removed, and the healthy tissue is reshaped to reduce pocket depths and promote optimal healing.
Osseous/flap surgery may be required if you have significant bone loss and bone damage that has left rough ridges and pockets where bacteria can thrive. With osseous/flap surgery, a flap of tissue is pulled back so that the affected bone and tooth roots can be accessed and smoothed. Once the area is clean and smooth, the tissue is sutured to promote reattachment to the tooth surface.
Once you have been treated for periodontal disease in Vicksburg, MS, it is important to maintain the health of the gum tissues to keep the infection from progressing. A periodontal maintenance program includes thorough maintenance cleanings and exams every three to four months. During your visits, we will complete a periodontal evaluation that includes measuring the pocket depths between your gums and teeth. If you do have any recurring areas of infection, we can address those sites promptly to help preserve your oral health.
Do you have chronic halitosis or bleeding gums? Then, we encourage you to contact us soon and seek treatment with Dr. Kenneth Nash for periodontal disease in Vicksburg, MS.