Periodontitis can be a devastating and painful problem for our Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter patients.
Dr. Gruner can provide Wellington and West Palm Beach patients with information regarding periodontal prevention as well as treatment options for those already suffering from periodontitis.
There are many options for treatment of periodontitis, some of which are surgical. Here are some examples:
Scaling and Root Planning
For Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach patients who arenâ€™t at a point in their periodontitis where surgery is necessary, scaling and root planning is a great option. In this nonsurgical procedure, plaque and tarter are scraped away. This provides a clean surface so the gums can reattach to the teeth.
Flap Surgery/Pocket Reduction Surgery
During this procedure, the gums are lifted back so the tarter can be removed. Depending on the severity of the case, some irregular surfaced of the damaged bone are smoothed decrease the areas where bacteria can go. With this surgery, the size of the space between the gums and teeth are greatly reduced so there are less areas where bacteria an grow.
For Palm Beach patients who already have bone destroyed from periodontitis, this is an excellent surgical option. Bone graft surgery involves using fragments of your own bone or synthetic bone to replace the bones destroyed by gum disease. This restores stability to your teeth by creating a platform for the regrowth of bone. There are also more advances in technology termed tissue engineering in which your own body regenerates bone and tissue at an accelerated rate.
Soft Tissue Grafts
This procedure strengthens thin gums or fills in the places where the gums have withdrawn. Grafted tissue, which is most often taken from the roof of the mouth, is used to add tissue to the affected area.
Guided Tissue Regeneration
For Jupiter and Wellington periodontitis patients where the bone supporting the teeth has been destroyed, guided tissue regeneration stimulated bone and gum tissue growth. Dr. Gruner will perform this in conjunction with flap surgery; a small piece of mesh-like fabric is inserted between the bone and gum tissue to keep the gum tissue from growing into the areas where the bone should be. This allows for stronger re-growth of the teeth.
For Jupiter, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach patients with moderate to advanced bone loss, bone surgery is an excellent option. Subsequent to flap surgery, the bone around the tooth is reshaped to decrease the dips and craters making it harder for bacteria to grow.
Each of our periodontal Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington dental patients have different needs and are at different stages of their gum disease. Contact our Palm Beach Gardens office to schedule your periodontal consultation and be on your way to healthier teeth and gums.