Periodontitis (gum disease) affects more than 47% of American adults over 30 and 70% of adults 65 and older. Untreated gum disease can damage gum tissue and cause tooth or jawbone loss. At Montrose Dental Specialty in Montrose, California, the experienced dental team offers a holistic approach to periodontics for all ages. They offer cutting-edge procedures like laser gum treatments and oral surgery to treat moderate to severe gum disease. Learn more by scheduling a consultation today by phone or requesting an appointment online.
Periodontics is the dental specialty focused on the health of your gums and jaw. The practice’s periodontists treat conditions that affect the areas around your teeth — gum disease, gum recession, bone loss, and others.
You develop gum disease when plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth’s surfaces and around your gumline.
Periodontics treats minor to severe symptoms of gum disease, including:
Periodontal care also helps you avoid severe complications recently linked to gum disease, like stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bacterial pneumonia, and pregnancy complications.
If you have early-stage gum disease, routine cleanings, regular checkups, and an improved oral hygiene routine can reverse the condition. In more advanced cases, the practice offers several treatments.
Scaling and root planing is a nonsurgical procedure that uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque, tatar, and bacteria from your teeth and deter further plaque buildup. They then reattach your gum tissue to your teeth roots after the procedure.
This procedure treats receding gums. Your provider takes healthy gum tissue from your palate or a licensed bone and tissue bank and improves an uneven gumline or covers exposed tooth roots.
Your provider places bone-grafting material in spots where you have bone tissue loss. The graft provides scaffolding for new bone growth and reduces the risk of infection or tooth loss.
During this procedure, your provider makes an incision along your gumline, lifts the tissue away, and cleans your teeth roots. If you have bone loss, they could reshape your bone ridge.
Arestin therapy is helpful in fighting gum tissue infection and uses microspheres to release antibiotics in your mouth. Your provider combines this therapy with root planing and scaling.
LANAP removes damaged gum tissue using thermal light energy that the PerioLase® MVP-7™ pulsed laser delivers into your mouth. This procedure removes bacteria and encourages tissue healing. It’s an excellent alternative to oral surgery because there’s no cutting or bleeding, and you heal faster.
To book a periodontal appointment, reach out online or call Montrose Dental Specialty today.