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Periodontal disease is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and infection of the gums and the bone beneath. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. The CDC estimates that about half of all U.S. adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease.

At South Florida Dental Spa, we take gum disease seriously. We offer a range of non-surgical therapies to help protect your gums and prevent re-infection. In the early stages, improved home care and the addition of an antimicrobial product may be enough to reverse the course of the disease. If you are a bit further along, we may recommend a deep cleaning treatment known as scaling and root planing. This treatment removes the infection and then smooths out the roots of your teeth so that bacteria don’t have a place to reattach.

If you have any of the signs of periodontal disease, such as chronic bad breath, bleeding while brushing, or red, tender, and puffy gums, please call our office today for an evaluation.

Surgical Periodontal Therapy

Once periodontal disease has progressed past a certain point, surgical therapy may be our best option to stop further disease progression and repair the damage. One of the symptoms of advanced periodontal disease (or periodontitis) is pocketing, which is caused by the gums pulling away from your teeth. This provides a convenient home for bacteria, which in turn contribute to disease progression, creating a vicious cycle.

Some of the surgical therapies we use to treat periodontal disease include:

  • Pocket reduction surgery – This procedure helps close the pockets so that the gums fit tightly around your teeth.
  • Gum grafting – We can use grafts to restore severely damaged gum tissue.
  • Bone grafting – Since periodontal disease also attacks the bone beneath your gums, it may be necessary to repair that damage with bone grafts.

Call our office to schedule your evaluation and consultation.

Bone Grafting

Periodontal disease is the number one culprit behind missing teeth in American adults. Many patients who are missing teeth want to use dental implants to restore their smile, but a sufficient amount of quality bone is necessary to hold the implant securely in place.

Bone grafting allows us to restore that damaged bone and create a stable base for a dental implant. Donor bone is surgically placed near the damaged bone along with a special matrix that encourages the donor bone to integrate with your own bone. Once the bone is restored, we can place the implant with confidence. Your implant will then be topped with a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture to complete your smile.

Crown Lengthening

Sometimes, a tooth becomes damaged in such a way that there isn’t a sufficient amount of tooth structure above the gumline for effective restoration. This can happen because of decay or trauma, or an infection like periodontal disease. In some cases, we may recommend extraction and replacement, but often it’s better to restore the original tooth.

Crown lengthening is a procedure that allows us to expose more tooth structure so that we can place a filling or shape the tooth for a crown. If we feel like you would benefit from crown lengthening, we will discuss this option with you at your consultation.

Laser Therapy

Dental technology is constantly evolving and advancing – a huge benefit for both patients and providers! New tools like dental lasers allow us to perform treatments more efficiently, more precisely, and more comfortably, with less risk for complications and bleeding.

Lasers are particularly effective in the treatment of periodontal disease. They allow us to safely and effectively kill bacteria, smooth out the surface of the tooth root, and precisely remove disease tissue. Your Jupiter, North Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens dentists at Gardens Dental Spa are well trained and skilled in the use of dental lasers, and we are happy to provide this modern treatment option to our patients.