How Do You Repair Damaged Gums?

woman pondering a thoughtThe reason why prevention and early treatment are vital to your continued good oral health is because gum disease is progressive, meaning that without intervention it only grows worse as time continues. If prevention fails, then gum disease will slowly destroy the foundations of your smile (i.e., gums and jawbone) until your mouth loses its ability to retain teeth. Mild to moderate gum disease can be addressed with an appropriate periodontal treatment, such as scaling and root planing. When disease has significantly riddled your gums, Dr. Kania may have to perform procedures to restore your periodontal health.

The Destruction of Your Gums

Gum disease begins as a bacterial infection that stems from the excessive bacterial infection. As the germs settle in along your gum line, they can irritate and inflame your gums, causing them to recede from the tooth roots that they’re meant to protect. As the infection worsens, your gums can be irreversibly damaged and your smile’s foundation threatened, making effective treatment vital to preserving your healthy smile. The methods for treating gum disease, however, depend on the severity of your condition, and in extreme cases, you may have to replace severely damaged gum tissue.

Non-Surgical and Surgical Periodontal Treatment

When gum disease is detected in its early stages, successful treatment often involves nothing more than thorough periodontal maintenance and an improved oral hygiene routine. Episodes of attachment loss may result in the destruction of your gums.  Dr Kania can recommend the right treatment options for you. If you’ve lost one or more teeth to the disease, then Dr. Kania might recommend replacing them with one or more dental implants after your gum disease is brought under control.

About Your Encinitas Periodontist:

As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants for patients with missing teeth. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, visit our office or contact us today at (760) 642-0711.