Gum Surgery in Pasadena Options
While often overlooked, the look and health of gum tissue plays an instrumental role in the appearance and overall wellbeing of the dentition. When compromised by periodontal disease, patients are at risk of damaging the overall health of their smile and body as well. At Pasadena Periodontal Associates, our team specializes in identifying, treating, and restoring health to smiles that have been compromised by gum disease.
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What is Gum Disease?
Starting with the accumulation of plaque and tartar along the gum line, bacteria begins to irritate gum tissue, creating spaces between the teeth and gums. As these pockets become larger, additional bacteria and tartar become trapped within the spaces, further irritating the gums and damaging the connective tissues that hold teeth in place. In late-stage gum disease, jaw bone tissue is compromised, often causing teeth to become loose and even fall out.
Gum disease doesn’t just affect the dentition. In recent years, studies have indicated a link between the presence of gum disease and the development of other health complications, including cardiac disease, stroke, exacerbation of high blood sugar, and high blood pressure.
Treating Gum Disease
Unlike general dentists, our team at Pasadena Periodontal Associates is uniquely equipped to provide in-depth treatment solutions for patients suffering from all forms of gum disease and can create a truly global restorative solution that fully rehabilitates every aspect of your smile. Depending on the condition of your gums, the progression of the disease, and the overall impact on oral health and function, your personalized treatment solution may include one or more of the following gum disease treatments:
Root Planning and Scaling
Ideal for mild to moderate cases of periodontal disease, this deep cleaning thoroughly removes bacteria and infected tissue from the gums and teeth roots as well as periodontal pockets. Often, this non-surgical gum disease treatment is accompanied by a round of antibiotics and more frequent dental visits to prevent tartar re-accumulation.
Patients with moderate to advanced gum disease often experience some form of gum recession, leaving teeth roots exposed and vulnerable to infection. Gum grafting covers exposed roots, improving the health and aesthetics of the smile as a whole.
In cases of advanced periodontitis, patients may experience bone and tooth loss. To restore the smile to optimal function, a severely compromised tooth may need to be replaced and the tissue reinforced through some form of bone grafting. During osseous surgery, the affected area is thoroughly cleaned and the bone is reinforced. If a tooth must be replaced, our Pasadena periodontists may recommend dental implants as a permanent restorative solution that reinforced bone strength as well as dental function.
Outside immediate treatment, our Pasadena gum disease patients are also placed on a more aggressive maintenance plan, supplemented with comprehensive at-home hygiene instructions. By maintaining regular communication and cleanings, our team is able to help individuals regain former oral health, function, and aesthetics.
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At Pasadena Periodontal Associates, our goal is to provide patients with personalized, quality care that comprehensively improves their entire smiles. If you are exhibiting symptoms of gum disease, we urge you to contact our team today to schedule a gum disease consultation. With proactive, conservative treatment, we can help you maintain lasting oral health and function.