By Sood Family Dental
March 07, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Painful periodontal disease can ruin your smile if you don't receive prompt treatment. Shelby Township, MI, dentist, Dr. Shikha Sood periodontal diseaseexplains how she treats the disease at Sood Family Dental.

Why is periodontal disease treatment so important?
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, may cause your teeth to loosen and fall out if you don't receive treatment. The disease is caused by a bacterial infection that can trigger a variety of symptoms, including receding gums, pockets around teeth, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, sensitive teeth and bad breath that won't go away no matter what you do. Poor oral hygiene can increase your risk of gum disease, but it sometimes occurs even if you brush and floss regularly. Gum disease is more likely if you have a family history of the disease, smoke or have certain diseases, such as diabetes or HIV.

How is periodontal disease treated?
Gum disease develops when plaque and tartar build up under your gum line. Scaling and root planing offers an effective way to remove these substances. During the treatment, plaque and tartar are removed with handheld scalers or ultrasonic instruments. The final step of the procedure involves smoothing the roots of your teeth with a planer to prevent bacterial growth.
If you've lost gum tissue, Dr. Sood may recommend that, in coordination with a specialist,  you receive gum grafting. Gum grafting replaces missing tissue with donor tissue or tissue obtained from the roof of your mouth. The procedure prevents your gums from continuing to recede and also reduces tooth sensitivity.
Depending on the extent of your disease, surgery may be recommended. Common surgical procedures include:

  • Periodontal Plastic Surgery: The surgery is used to remove diseased tissue and improve the appearance of your gums.
  • Periodontal Laser Treatment: Laser treatment offers several benefits that periodontal plastic surgery can't, such as decreased discomfort and gum shrinkage.
  • Dental Implants: If you lost teeth due to gum disease, dental implants offer an excellent tooth replacement option once you recover. The implants bond to your bone and may last your entire life as long as you practice good oral hygiene.

Are you worried that you may have gum disease? Dr. Sood offers treatments that will help you regain your healthy smile. Call her at Sood Family Dental in Shelby Township, MI, to schedule your appointment.
 

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Dentist in Shelby Township, MI
Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(586) 207-1471
 

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