If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, your periodontist will recommend treatment to prevent it from worsening and restore your oral health. The tissues of your gums should fit snugly against the teeth. When periodontal disease has developed, the bones that support the teeth are weakened and may degenerate, leading to pockets forming in the area around your teeth.
Without treatment, these pockets can become deeper and may become the home of bacteria. When bacteria surround the teeth and accumulate in the tissues under the teeth, the tissues can become damaged and decay. Eventually, teeth may become loose and may need to be extracted.
The early stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. When your periodontist sees any signs of gingivitis, treatment may involve cleaning the teeth and gums thoroughly and getting rid of any plaque, and tartar that may be on or around teeth. Your periodontist will recommend products to reduce plaque, and you will need to keep up with your oral hygiene routine to prevent the disease from worsening.
When periodontitis is left without treatment, it can worsen to the point where surgery is required. Surgery may also be required if scaling and root planing, which deep cleans the teeth, is not effective at treating periodontal disease. Treatment may involve cleaning the periodontal pockets and shrinking them during a procedure known as pocket reduction.
Pocket Reduction Treatment
During pocket reduction, your periodontist will fold back the tissues of the gums and remove any bacteria that has accumulated in the area. If the surface is irregular, your periodontist may smoothen it to limit where bacteria can attach itself. The gum tissues can be reattached to the bone, eliminating any bacteria in the mouth and preventing damage that is caused to your smile.
You can get your oral health evaluated by scheduling an appointment to see our El Paso periodontist. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your teeth as well as how periodontal disease can affect them. Give El Paso Periodontics & Implant Specialists a call at any time to schedule your appointment.