Poor oral hygiene causes bacteria to grow and create a lot of damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw. The gum, being a soft tissue, gets affected quicker as bacteria can infect and erode tissue quicker than a dense bone structure. Food residues often adhere to our mouth when we eat, and with millions of bacteria already in our mouths, bacteria feeds off the residue and multiply.
They create a film around the teeth and gums, which can eat away the enamel of your teeth, which is also the layer that protects them. This causes your teeth to rot and is the main cause of tooth decay; your gum is also affected too as the tissue can get infected, causing gingivitis, and loosen up the tooth which causes tooth loss.
The periodontist will make sure that your gums are healthy and treat and diagnose any issues regarding your gums. They will be able to treat gum diseases if it is already present, but also prevent future damage and keep the disease under control.
If you have noticed your gums being inflamed or swollen, you might be suffering from gum disease. Call us now at (404) 201-7900 or visit us at 4840 Roswell Rd NE, Building A Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342 and we will have our experts take care of you!
Dental Crown Lengthening
This surgical procedure allows the dentist to expose a larger amount of tooth so that a prosthetic tooth can then replace the tooth. The gum tissue surrounding the tooth is removed surgically and displaced, meaning it is detached from the tooth. There are other more cosmetic reasons why you would need a crown lengthening, and that is to improve a "gummy smile." When your teeth appear short, and there seems to be a lot of gum tissue showing, this procedure can easily repair and improve the appearance of your smile.
Scaling and Root Planing
Here at Campbell Dental Group we recommend you come for a professional cleaning at least twice a year, this will prevent any diseases in the future but also help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Cleanings should be done more often, and good oral hygiene should be practiced at home, however, when a simple cleaning is not enough, your dentist might perform a scaling and root planning procedure.
Tartar and plaque build-ups can deteriorate the health of your teeth and gums, this is because if not removed, your teeth can rot and your gums can get infected. The bacteria not only go over the surface of your teeth but also inside your gums. Scaling will completely remove any buildup, and root planning will go under your gum line and completely clean the area to prevent gum disease.
Root Surface Debridement
This procedure is also done when a patient has gum disease. Plaque and calculus accumulate on the teeth and can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Root surface debridement treats these diseases by removing the buildup that has accumulated on the teeth. Calculus, or tartar, as it is often times called, forms a hard formation where more plaque builds up and has to be removed with the use of special tools and instruments such as ultrasonic instruments to help break down the buildup. Saline solution is also used to completely clean the teeth from the plaque that could lead to future damage.
When there is gum disease, the tissue becomes infected and swollen. Often times it bleeds, and it can be very painful, this is called gingivitis. When gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis, which is inflammation around the tooth. "Pockets" are formed when the gum pulls away from the tooth and forms spaces. These “pockets” below the gum line might become infected as bacteria and plaque build up. Due to these "pockets" the root of the tooth loosens up and can lead to tooth loss. This is one of the reasons why you might need a tooth extraction, as they are mostly recommended when there is not much your dentist can do to save your natural teeth due to the damage to your gums or tooth.
If you would like to know more about our periodontal treatments, please call (404) 201-7900 or visit us at 4840 Roswell Rd NE, Building A Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30342 and book your appointment today!