What Is Periodontal Disease?
At Dental Care South, we strive to provide our Tuscaloosa, AL patients with comprehensive dental care on all fronts. We proudly offer many treatments for periodontal disease, but you may be wondering, what exactly is periodontal disease?
About The Disease
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth. It can begin with inflammation and possible bleeding of the gums, and if left untreated it can damage your gums and jawbone, possibly requiring tooth extraction to resolve the issue. Periodontal disease may also affect more than just your teeth and the structures surrounding them. Studies have shown periodontal disease has been linked to other health problems like atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Treatments & Procedures Related to Periodontal Disease
There are many types of treatments associated with gum disease/periodontal disease. Some of these restorative treatments include dental implants, bone grafting, and gum grafting (as well as tooth crown lengthening and tooth extraction).
Dental implants are anchors for caps or crowns that look and feel like normal teeth. They are most commonly placed in the bone with a metal, screw-like implant. They can also be placed into the gums with a wire framework to anchor them in place.
Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease affliction, you may need a bone graft before receiving a dental implant. Bone grafts are placed where a patient’s natural jawbone has been deteriorated due to missing teeth or gum disease. When the graft is placed it stimulates new bone growth and will eventually be able to take a dental implant.
Gingival grafts, more commonly known as gum grafts, work in a similar way to bone grafts. A small portion of donor gum, usually from your palate, is grafted to the affected area. This donor gum can then be used to cover exposed roots, reduce bone loss, and protect your teeth and gums from further decay.
Visit Dental Care South Today
Dental Care South is proud to provide patients with all kinds of family dentistry services, including periodontal disease treatment. If you are in need of periodontal disease treatment, or a general family dentist in the Tuscaloosa, AL area, contact our practice today. We are your local family dentistry and we hope to see you in our office soon!