Gum Disease Treatment and Periodontal Therapy
If you suffer from gum disease or other periodontal problems, know that you are in good hands with Dr. Rondon, Amador Dental & Orthodontic's resident periodontist. We offer a full treatment menu for periodontal patients, ranging from deep cleanings to surgical procedures. We will work with you non-judgmentally to get your smile back on track!
Understanding Gum Disease
When your body senses threats like infections or lacerations, it is designed to rush support to try to heal and protect the area under attack. The inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, treatment can be a little more complicated. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by backing away.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Pinhole Gum Therapy
Receding gums can weaken your teeth, cause root damage and even lead to tooth loss. Through Pinhole Gum Therapy, receding gums are stabilized without using traditional surgical procedures such as cutting, grafting and stitches. This minimally invasive procedure can restore years to your smile and improve your overall health.
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Rondon how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Amador Dental & Orthodontic.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Rondon offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure performed by Dr. Rondon. This procedure is commonly used to treat gum recession. Once completed, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, restoring a healthier smile. Benefits include reduced sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of preparation for the final crown restoration of a tooth. If necessary, Dr. Rondon will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize the dental crown.
Pocket Reduction Procedures
Pocket Reduction commonly refers to a series of surgeries performed to give Dr. Rondon access to the roots of your teeth in order to remove tartar and bacteria. These pocket reduction procedures are an important step in preventing the progression of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit Amador Dental & Orthodontic every six months for your routine cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Rondon performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Root Surface debridement (RSD) refers to a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Dr. Rondon uses root surface debridement to remove these deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
If periodontal disease has affected your mouth, your jawbone may be too weak to support a dental implant you need. In cases like this, Dr. Rondon will often recommend natural bone regeneration (also known as bone grafting) to promote healthy bone growth and strengthen your jawbone. Over time your jawbone can regain enough bone mass to support a dental implant.
Are you experiencing inflammation or pain along your gumline? Has it been years since you've visited the dentist? Call Amador Dental & Orthodontic today to schedule your gum disease evaluation appointment with Dr. DeVinney or Dr. Rondon and start the process of creating your healthiest smile today!
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