Did you know that the foundation of a strong smile is healthy gums? When pink and firm, the gum tissue holds teeth securely in place and stabilizes them when they bite or chew. However, when infected, the gum tissue can appear red, swollen, and bleeding and recede from the teeth. This condition, called gum or periodontal disease, eventually leads to tooth loss without professional intervention. The good news is that Dr. Gandhi can provide the periodontal therapy in Murphy, TX that you need to restore your gums to full health.
When gum disease is identified and treated early on, it can usually be reversed with a routine dental cleaning and daily oral care. However, more advanced cases require more intensive treatment. In scaling, we go underneath the gum line to empty out any trapped pockets of plaque and bacteria. Then, we make the rough root surfaces smooth, which helps speed up the healing process and makes it more difficult for reinfection in the future.
Traditionally, when the gums recede as a result of gum disease, a gum tissue graft from another part of the mouth would be surgically positioned over the teeth to restore lost tissue and achieve a more balanced appearance. This method requires the use of sutures and a long healing period. As a more effective solution, our team uses the Chao Pinhole Technique, in which we maneuver the gum tissue back into position using less invasive measures.
Unfortunately, when gum tissue becomes infected, teeth can become loose or even at risk for extraction. To ensure the health of the teeth, diseased tissue needs to be removed entirely. That’s where a gingivectomy can improve the aesthetics and stability of the teeth in the future by getting rid of infected gum tissue. When it comes to performing this procedure, we are sure to remove only what’s necessary and leave healthy gum tissue in place.
Microscopic bacteria can be difficult to eradicate using scaling and root planing alone. To ensure efficient treatment, we often also use a topical antibiotic, which is applied to the teeth and gums. The substance hardens within minutes and then steadily rehydrates and actively kills any remaining bacteria. Depending on the severity of your case, we may need to repeat this therapy every three to four months until we are certain that your gum disease is gone.
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