Gum disease can be fixed through a variety of treatments which depend on the severity of your problem. Your doctor will always choose the least invasive, yet most effective solution, which are non-surgical or in worst case scenarios, surgery.
We want to remind you that a non-surgical periodontal treatment has its limitations. Surgery may be necessary to restore periodontal health if the treatment is not enough.
The first option is always "scaling and root planning". The goal is to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and reach those places where regular cleaning devices can't such as around the root under the gum line. This procedure is done through an ultrasonic cleaning device.
You might not require any further active treatment, but most patients require ongoing maintenance therapy to keep their teeth health. We also suggest a healthy diet, avoid tobacco, brush and floss daily, and have regular dental checkups.
When there's already too much damage, we also provide you with surgical procedures to prevent the situation getting worse and restore your healthy smile. You and your doctor can choose the option that will fix more effectively your current situation. Some of them are:
Pocket Depth Reduction: also known as "flap surgery", the gum tissue is folded back, and the bacterium hiding underneath is removed, as well as the hardened plaque and tartar that have been collected. If it's really necessary, the tissue that is already damaged is also removed, then the one that is healthy is sewed back into place.
After the surgery, the gums will reattach to the teeth because there's no more bacteria, plaque and tartar.
Regeneration: This procedure is done when the bone and tissure supporting the teeth have been lost. It begins by folding back gum tissue and removing the bacteria tartar and plaque, in some cases, it is necessary to craft the bone to simulate growth, or just apply a special kind of protien that will accomplish the same result; it will depend on how deep is the damage.
Soft-Tissue Graft: A gum recession is a frequent symptom of gum disease. Your roots are more revealed, making your teeth look longer and exposing your tooth to increased damage from gum disease. You will experience sensitivity to hot or cold food and liquids. To gove the roots and restore the hum line, the soft- tissue graft procedure sewsthe tissue from the top of your mouth or another source to the gum area. This treatment is also used for cosmetic reasons.
Implants: Your teeth were designed to last your whole life, but reality is that sometimes they don't. A missing tooth is not only a cosmetic problem; you lose chewing ability, and it can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded. Implants are substitutes for the roots of mising teeth that are surgically placed into the jawbone; they're usually made of titatnium because it's well-suited to pairing with human bone. this procedure has been used for more than 50 years, and it is recognized as an effective treatment choice.
A root canal is a procedure used to save and repair a tooth that was damaged because it was corroded or became infected. The name "Root Canal" came from the term used to describe the natural cavirty within the center of the tooth.
The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal where the tooth's nerve lies. Years ago if you had a tooth with an infected nerve you would have to lose that tooth. Today you just have to call your doctor to solve the problem.
You might not feel pain in the tooth that needs treatment, but you will have pain when chewing or applying pressure. You will have a lot of sensitivity, and if you eat something too cole or too hot, it will be uncomfortable and painful. There will also be a dark discoloration of your tooth and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.
Remember that without the proper treatment your tooth may have to be removed because a cracked tooth would let the bacteria enter the pulp tissue causing an infection which might injure your jawbones and compromise your health in general.
The treatment is done in no more than three appointments. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the rooth is cleaned and sealed. Your endodontist, a dentist who specializes in teeth's nerves problems, will fill your tooth with a dental composite. If you take the necessary care, such as regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, the procedure can last a lifetime.
The oral and maxillofacial surgery is the best option to treat defects and wounds in your jaws, neck, head or any zone in your maxillofacial region.
Depending on every particular situation with each patient, the surgery may also need different specialists, and it is also a recognized inter national specialty. Here in the US, it is a recognized specialty of dentistry; that's why in Otero dental, we can provide you with the best maxillofacial surgeons, trained in an American Dental Association. Their focus in exclusively on the hard and soft tissue of your face, mouth and jaws.
Corrective jaw surgery: Corrective jaw surgery or othognathic surgery is the perfect solution for jaws that are incorrectly positioned. IF you have problems with chewing, breathing, a clicking jaw, TMJ pain, and peel uncomfortable with your appearance, you could be a candidate for this surgery.