Dentistry is concerned with far more than just your teeth. In fact, it is in the purview of a dentist to care for your gums, jaw, and facial structure as well.
Perio is a Greek-based prefix meaning “around” or “near”. Therefore, periodontics involves everything around or near the teeth. This branch of dentistry works to keep your whole mouth healthy.
One of the most common dental problems we come across is gum disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
This oral health issue is prevalent because it is so easy to fall prey to the overwhelming number of bacteria in your mouth. When daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are neglected, the ever-present bacteria are able to settle into the nooks and crannies of your teeth and gums. This leads to a buildup of plaque.
Plaque irritates your gum tissue, causing it to redden, swell slightly, and become highly sensitive. You may even experience minor bleeding. This type of gum disease is known as gingivitis.
Untreated gingivitis can lead to a more advanced form of gum disease and contribute to other health issues. Periodontitis is the more advanced form of gum disease and can have many lasting effects on the health of your gums, bone, and teeth.
Chronic bad breath, temperature sensitivity, pain, receding gums, and loosening of teeth are all characteristics of periodontitis. If it is not reversed, this problem can even result in the loss of your teeth.
Gingivitis is easy to treat here at Vanguard Dental Group. When you come in for your regular appointments, we clean plaque and tartar from your teeth, giving you a fresh, healthy mouth. With this professional cleaning and upkeep on your daily hygiene, your gums will soon heal.
Periodontitis is more difficult to treat, as the damage is much more severe. However, there’s good news on that front as well. Our office can use a LANAP laser to do deep cleaning. This gets rid of any infected tissue, allows us to remove tartar from below the gum line, and sterilizes areas where plaque has been lingering.
The LANAP treatment is highly effective at giving your gums that same fresh start, as well as encouraging the healing of the gum tissue.
Other Periodontal Services
While gum disease treatments are certainly one of the most common treatments we provide, they are not the only type of periodontal work we do here at Vanguard.
The goal of our periodontal services, from replacing teeth through dental implants to removing damaged teeth, is to restore your health. Some of our periodontal services include dental implants, bone regrowth in the jaw, soft tissue reconstructions and surgeries, and extractions.
Missing teeth and bone deterioration can negatively impact your health and appearance. We are prepared to provide dental implants and help regrow your jawbone to maintain your facial structure as well as the function of your mouth.
Your gums are essential in protecting the health of your teeth. We can reshape your gums to keep that protective barrier around your teeth. This will help you keep your teeth free from decay, so you can have a full, healthy smile.
Although we want to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime, extractions are sometimes necessary to keep your mouth healthy. We will talk to you about how to restore your oral health if one of your teeth needs to be extracted due to severe damage or decay.
Whatever your periodontal needs, we are here to help maintain your oral health!
Call Now About Treatments at Vanguard Dental!
Take a look at our service page listings for more information on how these treatments can help you. You can also simply give us a call and ask questions about any procedure that catches your interest. We’re excited to help your mouth return to complete health!