At the very root of a healthy smile are the gums and bones that support your teeth. Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation (gingivitis) to advanced gum disease (periodontitis). Christman Periodontics and Implant Center specializes in treating diseases of the soft tissue and bone so they can provide the strong foundation your teeth need.
GINGIVITIS is the most common and mildest form of periodontal diseases, which leaves the gums swollen and red. Because there can be few symptoms, many patients are unaware they have it. Gingivitis can be caused by poor oral home care, but other factors such as diabetes, pregnancy, stress and certain medications can also contribute. Left untreated, it can lead to advanced gum disease (periodontitis), but gingivitis can be reversed with the proper professional care.
PERIODONTITIS, like gingivitis can have mild symptoms at first, but can be destructive to teeth and gums. Plaque build-up beneath the gum line leads to bacterial infection that causes the body’s own immune system to contribute to the breakdown of the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. Gums pull away from the teeth, forming deep pockets that are prone to further infection. Without treatment, teeth will become loose and need to be pulled.
Because periodontitis can interfere with the success of other treatments like dental implants and orthodontics, it’s important to get it under control before undergoing other procedures. At Christman Periodontics we adhere to AAP guidelines, which promote a treatment plan that is as minimally invasive as possible.
Minimally Invasive Treatments
ROOT PLANING & SCALING involves the careful cleaning of root surfaces to remove plaque build-up that can form in the deep pockets between teeth and gums caused by progressing periodontitis. These procedures are often combined with various medications to prevent bacterial reinfection. Some patients do not require further treatment after scaling and root planing.
Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment. We’re here to help restore your gum health and give you plenty of reason to smile.