Protecting Against Gum Disease with Periodontal Therapies
Gum disease is rampant in the US. More than 50% of people over the age of 30 struggle with gingivitis or periodontitis, and periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss. If that weren’t enough, periodontal disease is frequently linked to other systemic diseases. Teeth and gums should receive at least equal care during a daily hygiene routine, and gum charting and tracking should be part of all twice annual dental exams. For many North Reading patients, concerns with the look and feel of their teeth are actually periodontal concerns. Wilmington Family Dental offers outstanding services for building healthy, uniform gum tissue.
For patients who think their smiles are “gummy,” recontouring can reveal healthy dentition and a smile that appears smoother. The process is fairly simple and can be performed in our Wilmington, MA office. Our doctors typically use a soft-tissue laser to gently remove excess gum tissue or reshape gums to better frame your smile. Utilizing laser technology makes the entire process less painful and significantly reduces healing time.
Gum disease, aggressive brushing, and tooth loss can lead to gum recession. When this happens, we can graft healthy tissue to revitalize the gum line. Not all patients are good candidates for this procedure, but by scheduling a consultation at Wilmington Family Dental, we can examine and evaluate your gum tissue to determine whether you would be a good fit for the procedure.
Scaling and Root Planing
Patients who have moderate to severe gum disease will likely need scaling and root planing to restore their gum health. Scaling is the process of removing built up plaque or infected tissue. Root planing smoothes the surface of roots, making it more difficult for bacteria to stick to teeth in the future. Patients frequently need antibiotic treatment in conjunction with scaling and root planing to return to optimal health.