Are your gums red or tender? Do they bleed when you brush your teeth? If so, you may have gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (a serious gum infection). Fortunately, there are various periodontal treatments available to you at Smiles at Doral, depending on the severity of your condition.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Periodontist Martin Fernandez-Feo, DDS, visits our office every other week on Tuesday afternoons. If you need periodontal care, he can provide the treatment you need.
Dr. Fernandez-Feo uses the least invasive treatment options to treat gum disease and avoid any complications. Periodontal scaling and root planing is a conservative, deep cleaning procedure using an ultrasonic device to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth and infection (plaque and bacteria) from beneath the gum, cleansing the root surfaces.
Once the infection is removed, the gum tissues gradually heal and become healthy. This method is most effective when applied in the early stages of periodontal disease and, with subsequent home care, the need for future surgical correction can be eliminated.
However, if you have a severe infection, you may require oral surgery. One option is pocket-depth reduction, also known as flap surgery. It’s a procedure that is performed when your gum disease is so advanced that it causes open spaces (pockets) and bacterial infection in your gum tissue. The surgery involves cleaning out the pockets and stitching them back together to allow your teeth and gums to heal properly.
If a pocket-depth reduction is not enough to address your gum disease, more in-depth surgery involving a bone or tissue graft may be necessary to regenerate damaged tissue and fix the problem.
Another surgical option is what is known as a sinus lift in which bone is added to your upper jaw. To provide room for the bone, your sinus member is moved upward. This may be necessary if you’ve lost bone due to periodontal disease or tooth loss and don’t have enough bone height for a dental implant to be placed. The bone used may come from your own body or be taken from other areas of your mouth or body.
Periodontal Disease Treatments in Doral, Florida
Whether your gum disease is mild or severe, the periodontist at Smiles at Doral will effectively treat your periodontal disease and restore your smile. To arrange a consultation, call our Doral office today at (305) 597-2227 or request an appointment online.