Think you may need gum disease treatment in Peoria? Periodontal, or gum, disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque building up between the gums and teeth and attacking the gum line. This can cause swelling and inflammation in the gums. Fortunately, periodontal disease is fairly preventable, simply with regular brushing and flossing. However, if it becomes an issue, Plaza Family Dental offers treatments to restore the gums to health.
Treatments for periodontal disease include dental scaling and root planing and periodontal surgery. In a dental scaling and planing procedure, also known as a deep clean, the plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) is removed from above and below the gum line. Once this step is complete, the dentist will plane the tooth roots. This is a process in which the roots are smoothed out, helping the gums to reattach to the teeth and discouraging the growth of bacteria in the form of plaque on the teeth surface. The goal of the scaling and planing procedure is to help heal the gum tissue and shrink the periodontal pockets.
Periodontal surgery in Peoria, AZ involves making an incision in the gums. There are several types of periodontal surgery. Gingival flap surgery aims to clean below the periodontal pockets, a gingivectomy removes excess gum tissue, and a gingivoplasty reshapes healthy gum tissue. Periodontal surgery can also include operating into the bone, including bone grafts and soft-tissue grafts. Following periodontal surgery, it may become necessary to visit the dentist more often than the recommended two times a year. Additionally, it will be even more important to give diligent care to the teeth and gums following periodontal therapy.
Think you may benefit from periodontal therapy in Peoria? Schedule your appointment at Plaza Family Dental today!