If you notice large amounts of inflammation around your gums or in the bone surrounding your teeth, you may have periodontitis, an advanced gum disease. It is characterized by the formation of pockets or spaces between the teeth or underneath the gums, that leads to the loosening or loss of teeth. If this sounds like you, our team at Tampa Palms Dentistry can provide you with a number of periodontal treatment options.
What Type of Treatment Options Are There for Periodontitis?
If you have an advanced form of periodontitis, there are non-surgical treatments available that are not invasive and work at removing bacteria and plaque from your mouth. These options include the following.
- If you have a bacterial infection, a topical antibiotic may be used to eliminate infection-causing bacteria. This can be taken in a gel form which is placed between your teeth or in the pockets under your gums, or it can be taken as a mouth rinse.
- Scaling can be done to remove bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.
- Your dentist may do root planing, which is when they smooth out the root surfaces, discouraging tartar and bacteria build up. This will help eliminate inflammation and encourage your gums to reattach to the tooth surfaces.
If your periodontitis is more advanced, there are surgical treatments available.
- If bone has been destroyed around the root of your tooth, a bone graft may be done to prevent any further loss and encourage the regrowth of natural bone.
- Tiny incisions in your gums may be done to pull back the gum tissue so that more advanced root scaling and planing can be done. If the bone underneath has had bone loss, it may be recontoured before the gum is sutured back in place.
- If your gum-line recedes, the remaining soft tissue will need to be reinforced with soft tissue grafts. This prevents further gum recession and covers up any exposed roots.
What are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis (Gum disease)?
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
- Inflamed gums
- Plaque and Tartar build up
- Mouth Odor
- Metallic taste
Are There Lifestyle Changes That Impact Periodontitis?
Yes, there are several measures that you can take to help prevent or even reduce periodontitis and the inflammation it causes.
- Make sure to get regular dental cleanings throughout the year.
- Avoid chewing or smoking any kind of tobacco.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush as these can remove plaque easier than manual options.
- Use a mouth rinse to help deal with plaque build up.
- Consider using a soft bristled toothbrush that is replaced every four months if an electric one is not an option.
- Brush your teeth twice daily or if you eat or drink a lot of acidic foods, consider brushing your teeth after each meal as well.
- Always floss on a daily basis.
What Makes Our Office Different to Other Dental Practices?
Our dental practice takes on a patient-centric approach, focusing solely on our patients’ needs by providing personalized services that directly impact and solve dental problems.
If you are considering us for your periodontal treatment, please take into consideration of what we offer.
- All of our treatments are affordable through a wide variety of financing options.
- We focus on getting you the results that you want and making sure you heal in the process.
- Our solutions are long-lasting as we use cutting-edge technology like low radiation x-rays (digital).
At Tampa Palms Dentistry we want to help you find a treatment plan that is right for you, and to have you walk away healthy and happy. If you have any questions regarding a periodontal treatment or may think you need a procedure done, call us today at (813) 333-1922 to schedule an appointment.