Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an extremely common bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth, and it’s usually brought on by a lack of oral hygiene. Early symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily, and if left untreated, it can ultimately lead to tooth loss! At Great Boca Smiles in Boca Raton, FL our team will screen your gums whenever you come to see us, and should we spot the slightest sign of periodontal disease and any necessary periodontal treatment.
At Great Boca Smiles in Boca Raton, FL our dentists can perform various periodontal treatment procedures to get your gum back to a healthy status.
Many times invasive treatments can be avoided by the placement of medications or antibiotics under the gingival or gum, tissues. Irrigants can be very effective as well and the instruction of proper home care. Patients that have advance forms of gum disease will often require more aggressive and invasive treatments. This can include gum flap surgery, where the gum is lifted back to clean the root surface and is stitched back into place. This helps gums to reattach themselves to the tooth, preventing further infection. If severe gum or bone damage has occurred, patients may require gum tissue or bone grafts to encourage healthy tissue regrowth. At Great Boca Smiles in Boca Raton, FL, we will discuss all your treatment options with you. It is important to note that any gum disease treatment’s success depends on the patient’s dedication to improving their oral hygiene.
A scaling and root planing treatment is sometimes called a “deep cleaning,” and this is because it targets the plaque and bacteria located below the gum line. With scaling, an ultrasonic cleaner will be used to break up and remove all the plaque and tartar deposits located around your gums, and then root planing will be used to gently smooth out the rough surfaces of your teeth’s roots.
We provide diverse kinds of dentistry in a calm atmosphere where you are always heard. Our team knows that everyone is different so we craft each experience for each patient.