Restore the Health of Your Gums with Periodontal Treatment
Periodontal disease is common in the United States. Half of all American adults have some form of gum disease, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, periodontitis can cause irreversible tooth decay and even tooth loss. Dr. Alex Planes provides periodontal treatment for all stages of gum disease at his Vero Beach, FL and Port St. Lucie, FL, dental offices. Dr. Planes maintains membership in multiple professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and American Dental Association. He also achieved Mastership status from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Effects of Periodontal Disease
In its milder forms, gum disease can cause gum tissue to swell and bleed. This early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. Gum tissue may be sore as a result of gingivitis, especially when flossing or brushing. Gum tissue swelling is the result of the body’s attempt to fight off the infection. If Dr. Planes is able to treat your gums at this early stage, you can avoid irreversible damage to your gums and teeth.
Dr. Planes and his skilled staff members in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie offer multiple treatment options for gum disease.
As the infection spreads, usually as a result of not having regular dental cleanings performed and not maintaining good oral hygiene habits, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. Pockets of plaque and bacteria may develop below the gumline at this advanced stage. At this point, brushing and flossing are typically ineffective at treating the infection.
Patients with periodontitis may experience:
- Tooth decay
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Discomfort while chewing
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Dr. Planes and his skilled staff members in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie offer multiple treatment options for gum disease. For patients who experience anxiety about treatment, our office offers sedation dentistry to help patients feel relaxed during treatment, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious options.
Nonsurgical treatments for gum disease include:
- Scaling: A metal instrument, laser, or ultrasonic device is used during scaling treatment to remove tartar and bacteria from your teeth.
- Root planing: To prevent the return of gum disease, the surface of the base of your teeth may need to be smoothed through root planing.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be applied topically through mouth rinses or the insertion of special gels following your cleaning.
In terms of surgical treatments for gum disease, Dr. Planes may suggest flap surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, which involves the use of small incisions in your gums to effectively reach infected areas near the root of your teeth. The underlying bone may need to be re-contoured before the gum tissue is sutured.
Based on your needs, Dr. Planes may also recommend:
- Gum tissue grafts
- Bone grafts
- Guided tissue regeneration
Benefits of Periodontal Treatment
Undergoing periodontal treatment has oral health and cosmetic benefits. Swollen or bleeding gums can blemish your smile. A healthy, even gumline can be achieved by addressing the cause of your gum disease. Periodontal treatments can also prevent irreversible damage to your gums and teeth. Once you have completed treatment, regular dental visits and good oral hygiene habits can help deter reoccurrence of gum disease.
Restore the Health of Your Gums Today
If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile, contact our office online to schedule your next visit with Dr. Alex Planes. Our office accepts CareCredit® financing to help patients afford treatment. Dr. Planes takes a great deal of pride in patient care for all dental procedures and likes to offer the best service he can.